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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 interested 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 centered on the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict.
Geoff is married and lives in Edinburgh.
Oh my word! This is an stirring, fascinating and authoritative work of fiction bound by research into two of the most harrowing human issues in the world at this time, that of oppression and genocide. Simply and starkly told, this compelling story is divulged in the third person by Grandfather Leo, recalling his torturous time in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War and in the first person by his morally confused Grandson Sam, growing up in a complicated and conflicted Israel during the last two decades. This story feels so real, as though someone is narrating their real life story, so the ending, giving two alternative visions and versions of the future is a welcome re-emphasis that this is a work of fiction. The viewpoint of the author is clear, yet by writing Of Winter’s Cost as a novel, he encourages the reader to think, discuss and explore this emotive and provocative subject. ~ Liz Robinson There is a glossary of terms at the back of the book to assist with titles, terms and meanings. In addition to this novel being available for ebook download to a number of devices detailed on this page, Of Winter's Cost is also available for download to Kindle.
A convincing and impressive fictional account using known facts, to portray the life of Isaac Rosenberg, a poet and painter most famous for his provocative poems from the trenches in World War One. The author portrays a socially inept and awkward Rosenberg with a hidden inner core of strength and an ability to see beyond the obvious, to voice thoughts and feelings hidden from the readers comprehension until exploring his work. Although detailing the entirety of his short life, it’s the stark reality of the trenches that’s the real eye-opener, leaving you with the question of what happens to creativity when it can’t continue to comprehend the brutal reality of war. Containing excerpts of letters and poems, this moving book helps to create a link, a connection, a bond to Rosenberg and this eloquent story deserves to be heard. ~ Liz Robinson For a taste of some World War One poetry from the trenches by Isaac Rosenberg then a great place to start is His Selected Poems and Letters.