My Foreword to ‘Wig Betrayed’ by Charles Courtley

Below is the Foreword to Wig Betrayed by Charles Courtley that is now available to buy on

I’m delighted and honoured to have been asked to write the foreword to this wonderful novel which follows on from the excellent Wig Begone. The author follows in a rich tradition of fiction-writing from barristers and former barristers, including the great John Mortimer’s creation Rumpole of the Bailey and my own personal favourite Henry Cecil’s Brothers in Law.

In this volume we meet an older and more experienced Charles Courtley whose life seems to be in many ways out of his own control. But as he also starts to lose direction as to what is important to him and his world falls apart around him a tiny light begins to flicker to life offering up the hope of redemption.

I know from my own experience that writing a second novel can be more of a challenge than the first and in doing so the author has produced not only a cracking yarn but also one with real pathos where the strains and responsibilities of legal life can sometimes really take their toll. Added to this is the fact that whilst the story itself is fiction, the details are authentic and open a window for the reader onto the little known world of military justice. All in all a great page-turner of a book that I would heartily recommend.

April 6, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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