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John Mortimer - The Devil's Advocate

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John Mortimer was a promising barrister who married a successful novelist (Penelope Mortimer) and then started writing himself. At first he wrote plays, most famously the autobiographical A VOYAGE ROUND MY FATHER, and he is credited with the hugely successful TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. But it was Mortimer's creation of Rumpole of the Bailey, the irascible barrister created on TV by Leo McKern, which catapulted him to wider fame and fortune. Meanwhile he had become increasingly well-known as a lawyer, and he became everyone's first thought when a barrister with liberal principles and left-wing political beliefs was required. John Mortimer's personal life is equally colourful - he divorced his first wife and married a second Penelope, who became known as Penny 2; and recent revelations uncovered that he fathered Wendy Craig's love-child. Graham Lord's biography is all the better for being unauthorised, as he has been able to provide the full, unvarnished story of John Mortimer.
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John Mortimer is most famous as the creator of 'Rumpole' Mortimer is rarely out of the news The revelation that he had fathered a 'love-child' with the actress Wendy Craig was front page news across the press. Graham Lord is the author of numerous bestselling biographies of popular literary and media figures. Major serialisation and review coverage on hardback publication. 'Full of delicious scandal' Daily Mail. 'I honestly can't recall a book that is at once so enjoyable and so deplorable ... exhilaratingly insensitive ... the biographer has done his research and appears to be thoroughly informed about Sir John's activities' Roger Lewis, Daily Express. 'Rumbustious yet censorious, prurient yet perceptive about his subject's qualities' Sunday Times 'Entertaining ... His portrait of Mortimer does not lack sympathy, but nor does it let the old goat off the hook' Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Graham Lord is a biographer who has also published novels. For nearly 20 years he was the influential book columnist of the Sunday Express. He lives mainly in France.

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