Search Results: "John Mortimer"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Breathless prose and many juicy revelations—an absorbing read."
An erstwhile "friendly acquaintance" who fell out with Rumpole of the Bailey's creator over this biography strips back the man's jovial veneer to reveal dark and adulterous activities. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2008

"Scholars will deplore the dearth of documentation, but general readers will delight in this tale of a randy rapscallion who found time between dalliances to create some enduringly popular works of fiction and drama."
An authorized biography of the peripatetic, priapic and enormously prolific octogenarian who still rises at dawn to the pages of blank foolscap he fills with astonishing speed and craft. Read full book review >

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Released: June 4, 2001

"Pure pleasure."
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, advocate for penal reform, and crippled, nearly blind old liberal staggering around Tony Blair's new Britain. Read full book review >

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MURDERERS AND OTHER FRIENDS by John Mortimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"An endearing ragbag of recollections snapping into focus at warp speed. (30 photos, not seen)"
Following Clinging to the Wreckage (1982), a bracing and bounteous second helping of the British barrister/writer's life, works, and many, many opinions. Read full book review >

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DUNSTER by John Mortimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"The disappointment here is that Mortimer doesn't do much with Dunster, who recedes from view as the plot thickens; still, his latest is just provocative enough to keep readers alert and amused."
Mortimer (Titmuss Regained, 1991, etc.) returns with a neatly plotted, fast-paced entertainment—a mix of suspense and social comedy that disturbs stereotypes by pitting an overly zealous muckraking journalist against a sympathetic pillar of the Establishment. Read full book review >

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QUITE HONESTLY by John Mortimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2006

"A witty Brit bagatelle and a romantic comedy tailor-made for the multiplex."
Fate throws together a cinematically mismatched pair; Cupid deftly aims his arrows; cute fun ensues. Read full book review >

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RUMPOLE AND THE PENGE BUNGALOW MURDERS by John Mortimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 22, 2004

"The real and considerable joys here are watching Rumpole spread his wings and observing, in what passes for his courtship of Hilda, the seeds of his thrall to She Who Must Be Obeyed."
Finally, it can be told: the vaunted case that launched the loosest cannon in the English legal system on his nonpareil career (Rumpole and the Primrose Path, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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RUMPOLE AND THE PRIMROSE PATH by John Mortimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Not by a long shot Rumpole's finest hour, but his many fans will share his wife's pleasure in the fact that he's come back at all."
Like Sherlock Holmes, Horace Rumpole has returned from the grave (Rumpole Rests His Case, 2002), commencing with his no-nonsense escape from the dubious convalescent home in which he's been immured. Read full book review >

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RUMPOLE RESTS HIS CASE by John Mortimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2002

"If it turns out to be his swan song, it's an unusually muted performance, quite apart from the sorrow of thinking it might be his last."
Everyone's favorite barrister, back in chambers after an absence of six years (Rumpole and the Angel of Death, 1996, etc.), proves once more that you don't need much in the way of mystery to provide rollicking legal entertainment. Read full book review >

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FELIX IN THE UNDERWORLD by John Mortimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Top-drawer escapist fare, from one of the most dependable entertainers in the business."
A diverting mixture of murder mystery, character study, and social comedy from the enduringly popular British author of TV's Rumpole of the Bailey and also such novels as Dunster (1993) and Paradise Postponed (1986). Read full book review >

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RUMPOLE ON TRIAL by John Mortimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Vive Rumpole!"
Seven more cases for the inimitably waggish defender Rumpole. Read full book review >

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RUMPOLE AND THE REIGN OF TERROR by John Mortimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 20, 2006

"The rollicking means by which Rumpole wangles a jury trial, in which he can learn what his client is accused of and then get him acquitted, shed no light on the graver conflicts between state security and individual freedom, but there's never any doubt which side Mortimer is on."
Horace Rumpole forgoes his usual diet of lowlife clients (Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders, 2004, etc.) to defend an accused terrorist, with predictably lightsome results. Read full book review >