Guardian diarist Hugh Muir has unmasked me! My bio on this website and in my books omits to mention that I am a circuit judge. I sit in the Crown Court in criminal cases. I was appointed to the bench in 2007. It has never been a secret. It is publicly available information, and I write under my own name. But I prefer to avoid any suggestion of using my position as a judge to promote my career as a novelist. I did actually unmask myself in an article I wrote recently, by invitation, in the limited-circulation journal Counsel. That article made reference to the fact that I am a judge; though, as Counsel is the Bar’s house journal, most of its readers were well aware of the fact already! The link to Hugh’s piece is above, and it is available in full on another post under Press Coverage on this website. As a loyal Guardian reader myself I have long admired Hugh’s column, and this piece is typically witty. I must point out, however, that he is the first person to describe A Higher Duty as racy! I wonder what he made of Fifty Shades of Grey?