a "must read" for anyone who enjoys mortimer's books is :
A Voyage Round John Mortimer, By Valerie Grove
(an authorized biography)
for a review of the book see :
his first wife was quite an accomplished writer . after mortimer divorced her to marry a much younger wife , she wrote the novel "the pumpkin eater" that hit him squarely below the belt <chuckle>
mortimer later invited his first wife to live in the new family since he was still in love with her ... too , but she declined with many thanks .
even at an "advanced" age he still kept his hands occupied ... by putting his hands on the knees of the ladies sitting next to him !
his life was certainly not the life rumpole lived - no "chateau de thames embankment" for him - only the best would do .
his first wife , penelope , wrote : "the pumpkin eater" - i very much enjoyed it .
it's a bit of a parody of life with mortimer .
from a reader's review of the book :
Last night I saw the Anne Bancroft adaptation of this fantastic book, that I had to buy straight away. Sadly to say, not many copies in the shop. But plenty online at a very good price. This is such a wonderful heart wrenching tale of a wife, trying to cope with a cheeting husband. "one of those novels which seem to be written with real knowledge of the brink of the abyss, taut almost beyond endurance "