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About the Author

Charles Courtley did a great deal of amateur acting earlier in his life. In more recent years, he has written short stories (two of which were produced for radio) and two currently unpublished children's books. From 1972-1990, he practised as a barrister, mainly in London and the South Eastern Circuit - both prosecuting and defending in criminal cases. He is now a military judge, presiding over court-martial cases, which have included a number of serious criminal allegations over the years. Charles Courtley is a pseudonym.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848761732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848761735
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,940,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Courtley, pen-name of Robert Seymour, recently retired as a Judge Advocate (military judge).Before that, he practised as a barrister engaged in criminal work mainly in London, both prosecuting and defending.
Wig Begone is his first published novel based on his own experiences as a young barrister.
The book, which has been described by two QCs as "thoroughly enjoyable", is presently being converted to a screenplay by the author.
In the book which is light-hearted in tone, Charles soon finds himself in all sorts of trouble, both professionally and personally,culminating in a confrontation with England's most senior judge - Lord Chief Justice "Flogger" Flaggett.
On a more serious note, the book deals with the kinds of professional dilemmas which all defending lawyers have to confront, from time to time, in court.
As well as a screenplay, a sequel is planned of Charles' later career as a judge.
The Author,who is married, lives on the Essex coast where he takes great pleasure in walking his dog between bouts of writing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila A. Dechantal on October 28, 2010
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I have always enjoyed reads that surround a court setting. I have no idea what the fascination is, but you can imagine years back I poured through many a John Grisham read for the thrill of the court cases, and more currently Jodi Piccoult.

Wig Begone however was a little bit of a different read for me. Following the early career of Charles Courtley and his steps as well as miss-steps through those still "wet behind the ears" years. The interesting thing about this read, is that the author is really Robert Seymour, a newly retired Judge who had once been a barrister. This book, under the pen name Charles Courtley, is really a recap of the trials and errors of Robert's career. (yes, pun intended)

What started out as Robert Seymour's memoir turned into this somewhat witty tale, that I found to be a welcome break from the usual court case reads I enjoy. Quick paced, I loved the inner look of the court from the first person view of Charles. If you enjoy reading about the judicial system, or even enjoy the occasional guily pleasure of Judge Judy, this may be a good choice for you.

Did I enjoy the book?

Guilty as charged. :D
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