Economist branches out with first novel

David Barker (OKS 1998) is celebrating the successful publication of his first novel.

David’s debut, Blue Gold, was published by Urbane Publications in May 2017 and its sequel, Rose Gold, is scheduled for release in May 2018.

He lives in Berkshire with his wife, daughter and three pet rats. David spends half the week travelling into London where he works as chief economist for an international fund, and the other half writing at home.

Blue Gold is set in the near future, when climate change and geopolitical tension have given rise to a new international threat – a world war for water. This most vital of resources has become a precious commodity and some will stop at nothing to control its flow.

David said, “I attended the Faber Academy How to Write a Novel course in 2014 with the best-selling Ali Land. And I appear on the Radio Berkshire monthly show Radio Reads with Bill Buckley and Claire Dyer. You can find blogs, short stories and more about me on my website:
And you can follow me on twitter: @BlueGold201.”