Soon after his birth in a mining village near Sunderland, Geoffrey Iley (ILEY) moved to Birmingham with his parents. There he trained as an engineer, but in parallel with his calling, he became a voracious reader. A car enthusiast, the first part of his working life was spent in the motor industry. Later, when he worked in the glass industry, Geoffrey travelled widely and lived in Australia for more than five years. In retirement he has travelled even more and become a compulsive writer. He is the author of two published books; ‘Navegator’, a novel and ‘A Schoolboy’s Wartime Letters’, a memoir, plus many unpublished short stories.
When the Towcester Writers’ Group was set up in 2012, Geoffrey Iley was a founder member. Apart from his family, theatre and cinema he has a multitude of other interests including music, inspiring him to found a community event, ‘Midsummer Music in Towcester’, in 2003. It has become an annual fixture ever since. He carries out humorous public speaking engagements on various topics, including ‘The Book What I Wrote’ (sic!).
Both of Geoffrey’s books are available through Amazon; there are also Kindle versions. See https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=geoffrey+iley
At its centre is a Mallorcan family in 1993. The reader follows a brilliant scientist, Vasco Valseca, who is furious when a hacker steals from his bank account. With the help of intuition inherited from his forebear, a legendary Mallorcan navigator, he creates a unique computer program to pinpoint the culprit’s location.
Powerful forces learn of his discovery and will stop at nothing to get hold of his priceless program for sale to a government or cyber terrorist group. And so the evil schemes begin. Although most of the story plays out in Mallorca, the fast moving plot involves many other locations too, in a tangle of love, loyalty and misunderstanding – all leading up to a nail-biting conclusion.
This funny, fascinating journal follows the development of a boy and his changing attitudes during WW II from its outbreak in September 1939 to victory in the summer of 1945. It is a memoir based on the original letters — around a hundred and ninety in total — written by the author to his parents and carefully preserved over the years. There are also several contemporary photographs.
He was an only child and full of his own selfish needs, vanity, hypochondria, prejudices and unquestioning patriotism. The letters carry strong echoes of ‘Just William’ and ‘Adrian Mole’ — ‘Health and Safety’ was nowhere in sight! There is also a wealth of information about childhood games, hobbies, mock battles, sport, school life and wartime concerns.