A former motor trade finance specialist has swapped figures for letters in retirement and is now a published author.
Barrie Hyde (pictured) spent nearly 40 years in the trade, latterly as a general manager at Bentley Financial Services and Volkswagen Financial Services, a field manager at Ferrari before retiring as a motor finance consultant. He is also a presenter on BBC Three Counties Radio.
"Retirement can be like a death in the family and often people find it very difficult to find a way forward," he told AM.
"I spent a period of time in the wilderness before discovering a second career."
From writing a diary to joining a writing club, he then began writing a novel.
"I was lucky. I found a way forward and by using my sales skills honed in the motor trade eventually found a publisher."
His book is called 'A Higher Authority' and is about a young Oxford graduate with a gift for languages who joins MI5 and is then seconded to ‘A Higher Authority’, an organisation funded through government sources from around the world which nobody would admit to.
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