New author launches sci-fi novel

Author Harold Barker with his new book.Picture Richard Ponter.121923.
Author Harold Barker with his new book.Picture Richard Ponter.121923.

A LOCAL 93-year-old retired scientist is proving age is nothing but a number after penning his first major piece of fiction.

Harold Barker, of Westbourne Park, launches a new sci-fi novel Seeking Home tomorrow at Westborough Methodist Church main lecture hall at 12.30pm.

Although more familiar analysing World War Two explosives and working at the British Museum research laboratory, it was in retirement that Harold’s wife Alice persuaded him to join Scarborough’s Creative Writers’ Discussion Group which inspired this new venture.

Mr Barker said: “I’m looking forward to the launch, but with some trepidation. I’ve written a lot of factual reports, most lost in secret government files, but never fiction.

“I didn’t intend to write a novel, it started as a short story and it ran away with me.”

The novel, published by Pipemma Publications, follows the life of Jim Simpson, a young physicist, who is changed forever when he is called urgently back to his childhood home in North Yorkshire.

The news awaiting him there sees him embarking on a quest covering 6,000 years and filled with love, adventure and danger, to find his ‘people’ and his true home.

The first 50 people to buy a copy of the book at the launch will be invited to stay for a free Yorkshire lunch served at 1.30pm, coinciding with the book’s running theme of Yorkshire food.