The Summer of a Dormouse

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Penguin, 2001 - Aging - 212 pages
Well aware that no one should grow old who isn't prepared to look ridiculous, John Mortimer, unrepentant septuagenarian and creator of Horace Rumpole and Leslie Titmuss, resigns himself to the fact that the putting on of socks should be left to the young. Yet despite his body's angry protestations, he is determined to continue enjoying the fruits of a long life supremely dedicated to pleasure. Here, he tells the poignant and wonderfully funny account of a year spent growing old disgracefully

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Who could resist the reading recommendation of a friend, or of reading a book with the opening lines of - "The time will come in your life, it will almost certainly come, when the voice of God will ... Read full review

THE SUMMER OF A DORMOUSE: Another Part of Life

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In the third installment of his autobiography, the ex-barrister Mortimer (The Sound of Trumpets, 1999, etc.) focuses on a year spent as a scriptwriter for hire, fundraiser for the Royal Court Theater ... Read full review


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John Mortimer is the author of many books including twelve volumes of Rumpole stories, as well as the bestselling "Summer's Lease" & "Paradise Postponed". He lives with his wife & youngest daughter in the house in Buckinghamshire that his father built.

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