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Penguin Books Limited, Nov 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Clinging to the Wreckage is the first part of John Mortimer's acclaimed autobiography. Here he recounts his solitary childhood in the English countryside, with affectionate portraits of his remote parents - an increasingly unconventional barrister father, whose blindness must never be mentioned, battling earwigs in the mutinous garden, and a vague and endlessly patient mother. As a boy dreaming of a tap-dancing career on the stage and forming a one-boy communist cell at boarding school, his father pushes him to pursue the law, where Mortimer embarks on the career that was to inspire his hilarious and immortal literary creations.

Told with great humour and touching honesty, this is a magnificent achievement by one of Britain's best-loved writers.

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Review: Clinging to the Wreckage

User Review  - Bonnie Jean Feldkamp - Goodreads

I enjoyed it. I probably would have enjoyed it even more if I'd read this one rather than listened to the audiobook. The narrator's old british portrayal was a bit distracting at times. However ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim B - Goodreads

Mortimer, the author of Rumpole at the Bailey, writes a memoir that is entertaining and beautifully written. Incidents in his life are stranger than fiction. Clearly Rumpole is based on real life ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

John Mortimer (1923 - 2009) was a novelist, playwright and barrister. Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels (Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained, and The Sound of Trumpets) featuring Leslie Titmuss. Sir John received a CBE in 1986 and a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.

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