David studied English Literature at Reading University and Education at Exeter before his taking his first job as an English and Literature teacher in Hertfordshire. After several years teaching English in the UK and Singapore, David worked briefly in publishing before joining an NGO to work with refugees on the Thai-Burmese border. He has also worked in Indonesia and South Korea either in education or in publishing. In 2011, David returned to the UK to take an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.
His first novel, The Camp, explores the devastating consequences facing a Burmese refugee camp that has been placed under infectious disease quarantine. As death and desperation take their hold and a bitterly divided community reaches flashpoint, both refugees and the authorities trapped with them must make a choice between sacrifice and self-interest.