Simon Akam is a British writer. Born in Cambridge, he held a Gap Year Commission in the British Army before reading English Literature at Oxford University. He later won a Fulbright scholarship to study at Columbia Journalism School in New York.
After graduation from Columbia, Simon worked at the New York Times and subsequently spent several years in West Africa as a correspondent for Reuters and the Economist. He reported from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Uganda and the Gambia. In 2010 he won the professional strand of the Guardian’s International Development Journalism Competition.
Simon’s writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Economist and GQ.
He is now working on his first book, THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD, about the recent evolution of the British Army. The project will examine less what the Army did in Iraq and Afghanistan and more the impact of those wars on the institution that prosecuted them: literally how the guard has changed.
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