was the pseudonym of Ronald Sydney Seth
(5 June 1911, England
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– 1 February 1985), a British writer who used the name Chartham for his activity as a sexologist and the name Seth for travel books and books about espionage.
As a child Seth was a chorister at Ely Cathedral
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and a King's Scholar at King's School, Ely. He was educated at the Sorbonne
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in Paris and at Cambridge University. He held a PhD
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degree in social science.
Appointed Professor of Literature at the University of Tallinn, Seth returned to London at the start of World War II
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, joining the BBC and helping to start the Monitoring Intelligence Bureau. In 1941 he was commissioned into the RAF and in 1942 joined SOE
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. Parachuted into Estonia
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, he was captured by the Germans and trained by the Sicherheitsdienst
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as an agent for a mission to Britain. Seth spent most of the rest of the war as a "stool pigeon" in Oflag 79
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, but in April 1945 was entrusted with a message of peace by Himmler, which he carried to London via Switzerland.
Dr. Chartham's experience in counselling began in 1930 when, as a social worker, he was the first person in the United Kingdom
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to give sex instruction classes for teenagers. His career included teaching and counselling in Europe
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an universities, lecturing to British university students on "How to Enjoy Sex" and currently serving as a counsellor in his own London
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He was an editorial consultant to Forum: The International Journal of Human Relations
. Each year he personally answered over 4000 letters from readers throughout the world seeking help with their sexual problems.
In the 1970s Seth lived in Malta with his second wife, Barbara McAdam Seth.
as Ronald Seth
as Dr. Robert Chartham
- Baltic Corner: Travel in Estonia, 1939
- A Spy Has No Friends, 1952. Republished 2008 by Barbara Seth, Seth's second wife.
- For My Name's Sake, 1958
- Two Fleets Surprised, 1960
- Forty Years of Soviet Spying, 1965
- Caporetto, 1965
- Russell Pasha, 1966
- The Russian Terrorists, 1967
- The Executioners: The Story of SMERSH, 1967
- Encyclopedia of Espionage, 1972
- Mainly for Wives, 1963
- Sex Manners for Advanced Lovers, 1969
- The Sensuous Couple, 1971