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John Mortimer (1) [1923–2009]

This page covers the author of The First Rumpole Omnibus.

For other authors named John Mortimer, see the disambiguation page.

John Mortimer (1) has been aliased into John Clifford Mortimer.

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Works have been aliased into John Clifford Mortimer.

The First Rumpole Omnibus 817 copies, 5 reviews
Rumpole of the Bailey 643 copies, 12 reviews
Paradise Postponed 599 copies, 5 reviews
Summer's Lease 500 copies, 11 reviews
The Second Rumpole Omnibus 469 copies, 6 reviews
Rumpole Rests His Case 454 copies, 8 reviews
Rumpole and the Primrose Path 444 copies, 4 reviews
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror 434 copies, 14 reviews
Rumpole à la Carte 408 copies, 4 reviews
Rumpole on Trial 402 copies, 6 reviews
Trials of Rumpole 395 copies, 8 reviews
Rumpole and the Golden Thread 374 copies, 5 reviews
Rumpole for the Defence 366 copies, 6 reviews
Rumpole Misbehaves 362 copies, 20 reviews
Clinging to the Wreckage 360 copies, 3 reviews
Titmuss Regained 324 copies, 4 reviews
Rumpole's Return 314 copies, 6 reviews
Rumpole and the Angel of Death 304 copies, 8 reviews
Rumpole and the Age of Miracles 293 copies, 6 reviews
Rumpole's Last Case 286 copies, 6 reviews
The Third Rumpole Omnibus 238 copies, 1 review
A Rumpole Christmas: Stories 222 copies, 18 reviews
Quite Honestly 221 copies, 9 reviews
Dunster 197 copies, 2 reviews
Rumpole 184 copies, 1 review
Felix in the Underworld 172 copies, 2 reviews
The Summer of a Dormouse 169 copies, 3 reviews
The Sound of Trumpets 158 copies, 1 review
Where There's a Will 128 copies, 4 reviews
The Oxford Book of Villains (Editor) 122 copies
Charade 119 copies, 2 reviews
In Character 108 copies, 1 review
The Narrowing Stream 104 copies, 2 reviews
Like Men Betrayed 76 copies, 2 reviews
Character Parts 63 copies
The Rapstone Chronicles 38 copies, 1 review
In Other Words 16 copies
The Judge 5 copies
Naked Justice 3 copies
Rumming Park 2 copies

Works have been aliased into John Clifford Mortimer.

Orley Farm (Introduction, some editions) 596 copies, 13 reviews
The Best of Wodehouse (Introduction, some editions) 295 copies, 1 review
Best of Modern Humor (Contributor) 255 copies, 1 review
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (Contributor) 195 copies, 6 reviews
The Pleasure of Reading (Contributor) 167 copies, 7 reviews
A Flea in Her Ear (Translator, some editions) 127 copies, 1 review
The Best British Mysteries 2005 (Contributor) 114 copies, 3 reviews
Brideshead Revisited [1981 TV miniseries] (Screenwriter) 99 copies, 2 reviews
A New Omnibus of Crime (Contributor) 88 copies, 1 review
Tea with Mussolini [1999 film] (Screenwriter) 66 copies, 2 reviews
The Best British Mysteries 2006 (Contributor) 57 copies, 1 review
Die Fledermaus [libretto] (Translator, some editions) 39 copies
Sittings, 1979-1983 (Introduction) 34 copies
Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas (Contributor) 26 copies, 2 reviews
Contemporary one-act plays (Contributor) 15 copies
In Love and War [2001 TV movie] (Screenwriter) 13 copies
Murder on Trial (Contributor) 12 copies
Laurie Lee: A Many-coated Man (Contributor) 5 copies
Don Quixote [2000 TV movie] (Screenwriter) 5 copies
A Feast of Stories (Contributor) 5 copies, 1 review
A Christmas Anthology (Contributor) 3 copies
Edwin [1984 TV movie] (Screenwriter) 1 copy
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John Mortimer was born in London to Clifford Mortimer, a barrister, and his wife Kathleen May, née Smith. Mortimer attended the Dragon School and Harrow, originally intending to become an actor, and then a writer. His father persuaded him to follow him into a legal career. Mortimer went up to Oxford University, where he read law. During World War II, he worked for the Crown Film Unit, writing scripts for propaganda documentaries. Mortimer made his debut as an original playwright with The Dock Brief, first broadcast on BBC Radio in 1957 and later adapted for television.
Mortimer was called to the Bar at age 25 in 1948. His early career focused on wills and divorces, but he later undertook criminal cases. He's now best remembered for creating the character of Horace Rumpole, a barrister at London's Old Bailey courthouse.
He was married to Penelope Fletcher, who wrote as Penelope Mortimer. The couple divorced in 1971, and he married Penelope Gollop, with whom he had two daughters, Emily Mortimer and Rosie Mortimer. He was awarded the CBE in 1986, and knighted in 1998.

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