Home. The Author. Synopsis. Excerpt. To Order. Isaac Rosenberg.



Juniper Books

Home. The Author. Synopsis. Excerpt. To Order. Isaac Rosenberg.

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 three novels – including Beating for Light – and a number of short stories. He third novel is centred on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Geoff is a keen traveller and photographer and has been to many countries throughout the world. He also loves walking and cycling in the hills of Scotland.

Geoff is married and lives in Edinburgh with his wife, Fiona, and his black Lab, Finn.

…an imaginative and poignant story of the growth of an artist’s mind, and the tribulations of a soldier’s career. Much is made of the sensitivities of so private a man. It makes vivid reading, and when it comes to the poems of the trenches, sets them precisely in their context with all the gritty detail of their inspiration. The story makes the most of its subject and the book comes with serious endorsements by political heavyweights of today.”

Jewish Book Week

“Meticulously researched, blending fact with fiction, the book delves into the man behind the poet. Well written and very accessible.”


“At the heart of the novel, Akers draws a sensitive picture of the aspiring poet… He has written a valuable and moving account, which will surely create interest in the life of Isaac Rosenberg.”

Ian Jenkins, Peeblesshire News

Beating for Light is an extremely well-written and worthwhile work that will appeal especially to those readers who have found tragedy and beauty in Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong or Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy. Like these other novels, Beating for Light makes us realise that war – with all its waste, horror and futility – has, too, a human face.”

Paul Kane, The Compulsive Reader