About Richard Baker

my pic for smashwordsI am a retired science teacher, who has studied and travelled widely – from chemistry at Oxford to business studies at  INSEAD Fontainebleau, from making batteries in Zaire to implementing banking software in the Urals, from selling refractory shapes across Europe to teaching science to prep school boys in Buckinghamshire, from working on a refinery in Canada to running a company in Barbados.

It has been a lot of fun.  Now I’m gardening and writing in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire.

I love books especially adventure books with foreign locations.

I have written six longer novels/stories:

1 Death at Bath Cove

Peter Cuthbert is completing his management trainee programme at Battex, an international battery company. He is sent to Barbados urgently when the local General Manager, Mark Ramlogan, disappears. Set in 1970’s Barbados, Peter has the task of sorting out the battery factory but he becomes inexorably drawn into the case of Ramlogan’s disappearance. He discovers Ramlogan was not the straightforward electrical engineer he had claimed to be. Fast-paced action across the colourful isle of Barbados yields surprising results.

This is now available for Kindle via Amazon.

2 Return to Chelyabinsk

Igor Pavlovich Radiorksy’s death in a car accident on a Moscow road marks an ominous start for Peter (Pyotr) Cuthbert as Head of Operations of Goldberg Bank’s Russian subsidiary. Quickly, he discovers that the computer problems at the bank run deep and perhaps Radiorksy’s death was not accidental. Things are compounded when the head of the payments section is found dead. And are the newly promoted chairman, a young Kazakh, and the ravishing Tatiana Sholokova all they appear to be? Pressure from headquarters in New York and demands from a major client mean a trip a fifteen hundred miles east of Moscow to Chelyabinsk for Peter Cuthbert and the new chairman with fateful consequences.

This is now available for Kindle via Amazon.

3 The Reunion

Thirty years after his degree in Business Studies in France, Peter Cuthbert and his wife Janet are invited to a Reunion Ball on a Saturday in May. Gaston Cahour, the de facto leader of the Group Fourteen, additionally invites the other five members of the group to a dinner on the night before the ball. Over dinner, old times are fondly remembered, until the untimely death of Marie-Louise is recalled.

Chapter 1 https://bakerbalham.wordpress.com/2020/10/24/the-reunion/

4 The Adventures of Nicholas de Kérallain

This story follows a young adventurer careless of his own life who becomes concerned about the fate of others and falls for a woman who is trapped in a loveless marriage. Nicolas de Kérallain does not want to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Parisian lawyer. He yearns excitement and, driven by tales of victory in France’s new colony in America, he joins the army. Soon he is bound for Québec as a junior aide to Major-General, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Grozon, Marquis de Montcalm.  

Chapter 1 https://bakerbalham.wordpress.com/2019/12/08/the-adventures-of-nicholas-de-kerallain/

5 The Bonobo Factor

In late 1976, Dr. Helen Robinson undertakes a field study trip in the Zaire. Gerald Smelzer, a young adventurer is having an affair with a beautiful researcher at the Zaire research station, Salumbobo. As storm clouds brew in post-colonial Africa, their paths bring them face to face with Elakat Wangombe who is leading a pre-emptive rebel strike to free Katanga, now known as Shaba, and make it into an independent state.

Chapter 1: https://bakerbalham.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/the-bonobo-factor/

6 ‘The Teesdale Affair’

Set in the Edwardian London, this is the story of Matilda, a working woman, who becomes involved in the suffragette movement with unexpected consequences. At the same time, it is a bildungsroman for the narrator, her daughter Dorothy, who watches the family cope with hardship as it struggles against the backdrop of poverty, inequality, and, in 1914, the Great War.

Dorothy’s transition to a young woman and her fascination with her stepfather’s heritage intertwine with the main theme. As she develops at school and in domestic service, the family struggles on account of the suffragist actions of Matilda and the Great War. Ultimately, when her employer is murdered she has to make the biggest decision of her life.

Chapter 1: https://bakerbalham.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/the-teesdale-affair-2/

7 Old School

Set against the run up to the Brexit referendum, it is a story of betrayal and political intrigue and one woman’s strength to reassert herself in her later middle age. Amateur artist, Deirdre Fairbrother, wife of Conservative Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Peter Fairbrother, is the mother of Zachary and Rosemary.

Ignored by her workaholic husband, and upset by the death of her aged mother, she decides to branch out on her own and find a new purpose to her loveless life. But it is not without difficulty as her husband harbours ambitions to lead the nation.

Chapter 1: https://bakerbalham.wordpress.com/2019/04/29/old-school/

8  A Tune of Hope

39-year-old Robert Nordraak is having a mid-life crisis. The unmarried accountant worries family life might pass him by. He is given an assignment to win the accountancy and business development contract of a Norwegian software company with ambitious growth plans. By chance, Robert meets Ingrid, a 30-year-old divorcee, infatuated with the director of the Oslo Conservatoire and, as they get to know one another, he starts to learn about his unknown, but significant Norwegian musical background.

Chapter 1  https://bakerbalham.wordpress.com/a-tune-of-hope/

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