Judge Charles Gratwicke who is a former head of Chambers has published his first children's novel. Judge Gratwicke has been based at Chelmsford Crown Court since 2003 and spent nine years writing his novel in between his judicial work.

"Sawson's Quest" tells the adventures of a pauper who goes to sea. Judge Gratwicke, 67, who wrote the book by hand and "two-finger typing", said the book was "not at all about law", and had been a way to relax.

"It is something I have always wanted to do," he said. "I had made starts on a couple of novels when I was on the Bar, but it was only in the last 10 years that I thought I would like to write a book."

We wish Judge Gratwicke continued success in his post as Resident Judge at Chelmsford Crown Court and in his new found role as a children's author.