Redundancy leads new author to pen novel on espionage

Barrie Hyde, author from Bromham.
Barrie Hyde, author from Bromham.

A man from Bromham who wrote his first novel after being made redundant in his 50s is celebrating the publication of his first book.

Barrie Hyde who worked in motor finance for three decades until being being made redundant at 55 has written A Higher Authority.

He said: “I started writing as a cathartic response to being put on the scrap heap by my employers.

“The book is about a young Oxford graduate with a gift for languages who joins MI5 before being seconded to ‘a higher authority’ and catapulted into the world of industrial espionage.

Barrie said: “When you’re in your mid 50s finding another proper job is hard. I started writing a diary after losing my job, found I enjoyed it and after a few months I joined the Bedford Writers’ Circle who have been instrumental.”

Barrie contacted 69 publishing and literary agents before independent publishers Safkhet produced his work in print and ebook form.

He said: “I would be delighted to be the next JK Rowling but having A Higher Authority published proves that you can embark on a second career in your 50s, do something you enjoy and go with your heart.”

Barrie will be signing copies of A Higher Authority at Waterstones, Bedford on Saturday, May 17, between 10am and 4pm.