The Summer of a Dormouse

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John Mortimer has led an extraordinary life as a playwright, bestselling novelist, and former practicing barrister. In The Summer of a Dormouse, the third installment of his autobiography, he describes what it is like to be seventy-seven years of age but to feel like a child. While he suffers from the afflictions that his father had to contend with-asthma, glaucoma-and added some of his own, he continues to live with boundless energy, passion, and humor. The Summer of a Dormouse is a warm and charming chronicle of one year in a rich and very full life. When most people his age are in full retirement, John Mortimer is still motoring through life, taking on new projects-working on a film with Zeffirelli in a house in Rome, contriving the renovation of the Royal Court Theatre building, and championing his most passionate cause, prison reform. Whether in the English countryside, the center of London, the heart of Tuscany, or the streets of Morocco, he embraces life and work with enthusiasm and compassion, revealing himself as one of the most astute and generous figures of his generation.

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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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Mortimer has done it again. In this latest memoir, following Clinging to the Wreckage (1987) and Murderers and Other Friends (1996), he gives another engaging account of his prodigious life. A former ... Read full review


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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.

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