the author outside his North Devon birth home Keith Pugsley was born in North Devon but brought up in the home counties where he pursued an academic and practical career in law. He has three law degrees and is an academic Doctor. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1974, he practised as an advocate, advisor and manager, rising to Director of Law and Administration for a Shire District Council. During this time, and in retirement from the law, he published six books on conveyancing and licensing issues. For those currently available go to

Retired from legal practice in 2000, Keith requalified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Life Coach and returned to his beloved North Devon to practice his new career in Ilfracombe.

Keith is the current Lord Mallens of Bedfordshire. He resides with Gilly, Lady Mallens, and over fifty of her rescued animals, on his Devon retreat at Long Lane Farm, where he assists Gilly as Farm Foreman. His trip to Banjul in the winter of 2007 raised £10,000 for the North Devon Animal Ambulance. The car he travelled in, Black Betty, raised £1500 for Gambian children's charities and the Olympic Committee.

To contact Keith, email .

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