Charles CourtleyRobert Seymour (known also under his pen name of Charles Courtley) was born in 1948. After qualifying as an English barrister, he practised as a trial lawyer in the criminal courts between 1972 – 1990. In 1990, he was appointed a judge advocate (military judge) and presided over court-martial cases until retiring at the end of 2009.

It was his experiences of the rough and tumble of the legal world which inspired him to write his novel – Wig Begone by Charles Courtley – a rollicking tale of the triumphs and disasters of the fictional Charles’ early career. Robert has also written numerous short stories, two of which were produced for radio in the 1980s.

In February 2010, he was interviewed by Steve Scruton about Wig Begone on Essex Radio. He has since completed the sequel of his original book, called Wig Betrayed, which deals with Charles’ later career as a judge. In addition, he has written a children’s book  called Nettle’s Cloud Nine Letters, a collection of correspondence sent to Earth from a canine heaven, otherwise known as Cloud Nine. One source described the idea as “very original and endearing for a young reader, demystifying death and loss in a manner that…parents would feel was very encouraging…The letter writing-style was very entertaining.”

Robert, now aged 64, lives and writes on England’s east coast together with his wife Jane of 40 years and a Miniature Schnauzer called Phoebe. Until recently, he was a member of an Independent Monitoring Board at a local prison and maintains a keen interest in legal affairs ,particularly sentencing issues. He has also reads books on a voluntary basis for a nationwide audio library for people who have difficulties in reading print.


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‘Wig Begone’ as a labour of love in 2005. It started

life as a series of jottings, but quickly developed into a full-length novel.

”Seeing it in print has been a dream come true and to be mentioned in the same breath as the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey – the late John Mortimer – is genuinely thrilling for me as an author.”


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