In Other Words

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Penguin Adult, Oct 30, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 112 pages

Collected and published for the first time, In Other Words is a book of verse, anecdotes and memories from Britain s best-loved raconteur based on his long-running one-man charity show, Mortimer s Miscellany. These are the stories with which John Mortimer, QC, has been entertaining the nation for years: of seedy criminals and the even seedier criminal justice system, of boyhood and his remarkable father, of passion and politics, and most of all English eccentrics from Lord Byron to the present day. Along the way, we meet a motley crew of failed murderers, remorseful drunkards, unrepentant adulterers and cantankerous judges. And interspersed among these humorous vignettes is a wonderful selection of English (and some American) poetry which beautifully complements the stories.

In Other Words is a splendid record of John Mortimer's show, for those many thousands who have seen it or heard of it. But more than that, it is the record of an extraordinary life lived in law and literature, and a story of England and Englishness one which John Mortimer is uniquely qualified to tell.

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About the author (2008)

John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist and former practising barrister. During the war he worked with the Crown Film Unit and published a number of novels, before turning to theatre. He has written many film scripts, and plays both for radio and television, includingA Voyage Round My Father, the Rumpole plays, which won him the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited.He has written four volumes of autobiography, including Clinging to the Wreckageand Where There's a Will(2003). His novels include the Leslie Titmuss trilogy, about the rise of an ambitious Tory MP- Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regainedand The Sound of Trumpets, and the acclaimed comic novel, Quite Honestly(2005). He has also published numerous books featuring his best-loved creation Horace Rumpole, including Rumpole and the Primrose Path(2002) and Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders(2004). All these books are available in Penguin.He lives in what was once his father's house in the Chilterns. He has received a knighthood for his services to the arts. His authorized biography, written by Valerie Grove, will be published by Viking in Spring 2007

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