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John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.


It's hard to imagine a more suitable narrator for Mortimer's autobiography than Patrick Tull, who has performed Rumpole of the Bailey in unabridged audio format and who sounds very much like we all imagine the character to be‘growly, opinionated, resigned, aging, and starkly honest. Mortimer is most familiar to American audiences as the creator of Rumpole, but in many circles he is equally known as a prize-winning screenwriter and author of radio dramas, short stories, and novels. This autobiography covers the time from the author's birth to around his first British publication in 1982. At that time Rumpole was only just then reaching the American market, and there is very little about the famous character in this book. Instead, Mortimer concentrates on his earlier life in rural England and the people and processes that led him to become both a writer and a barrister, in the latter role gaining some notoriety by defending pornography publishers, among others. He is quite candid about his peccadilloes and marriages. An excellent selection anywhere Rumpole is popular.‘Don Wismer, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME

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