Geoff Akers was born in Peebles, Scotland in 1954, and studied at Aberdeen University where his interest in modern history and literature was fostered. He became particularly fascinated in poetry written during the First and Second World Wars and focused his honour’s dissertation on the work of Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg. He taught English, History and drama for over fifteen years before giving up to become a full-time novelist. To date, he has written two novels – including, Beating for Light – and a number of short stories. He is currently writing a third novel centred on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Geoff is married and lives in Edinburgh.
From his upbringing in the slums of Whitechapel, to his futile death in the killing fields of Europe, the author explores the evolution of a writer, Isaac Rosenberg, whose war poetry is now widely acknowledged as among the finest ever written.