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John Mortimer Died - "RUMPOLE" will live forever

 
 
Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 04:04 pm
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Sir John Mortimer, the barrister-cum-writer who created the Old Bailey's most famous fictional defender, has died at the age of 85 after a lengthy illness.

Mortimer was born in Hampstead, the only son of Clifford Mortimer, a leading divorce barrister, leading him to quip that he was "raised entirely on the proceeds of adultery".


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5530030.ece

"rumpole of the bailey" and any of his other books , i enjoy them all .
he sure has given me many laughs and even more chuckles .
he lived life to the fullest to the end - even though he was in a wheelchair for the last years of his live - he could even make fun of that .
he said he had to keep working because of the ``high expenses `` to look after his family .
he was married twice - some other loves "on the side" - a bunch of kids from both marriages - and he met "another son" only after the son had turned 25 and was looking for him - "didn't even know about him " , he said about the "lost and found" son !


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Mortimer's public image was of a "champagne socialist" and he never hid his love of the bubbly.
After Labour's victory in 1997, he was rewarded with a knighthood, although he went on to become one of Tony Blair's most persistent critics on the Left, accusing him of riding roughshod over personal freedoms.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 04:06 pm
@hamburger,
Oh damn.

May he rest in peace, or have a damn fine afterlife.

I love his work...not least "A Voyage Around My Father" as well as the wonderful Rumpole.
hamburger
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 04:14 pm
@dlowan,
dlowan :

i bet he will plead for a `damn fine afterlife` before `judge bullingham`.
`not guilty of any misdemeanors , your honour`, he`ll plead .
hbg
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 04:33 pm
@hamburger,
hamburger wrote:

dlowan :

i bet he will plead for a `damn fine afterlife` before `judge bullingham`.
`not guilty of any misdemeanors , your honour`, he`ll plead .
hbg



Nah...he will say "I must be PRESUMED innocent of any misdemeanours, your honour".
roger
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 04:40 pm
@dlowan,
Kind of rough on She Who Must Be Obeyed, too.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 05:46 pm
@hamburger,
Ah, that's sad news. I've been reading his autobiography. He was a dab hand at a lovely turn of phrase.
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hamburger
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 06:11 pm
@dlowan,
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 :
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/a-voyage-round-john-mortimer-by-valerie-grove-399534.html

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 :
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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 "
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