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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 845 copies, 6 reviews
Rumpole of the Bailey 684 copies, 14 reviews
Paradise Postponed 630 copies, 7 reviews
Summer's Lease 525 copies, 11 reviews
The Second Rumpole Omnibus 493 copies, 6 reviews
Rumpole Rests His Case 477 copies, 8 reviews
Rumpole and the Primrose Path 468 copies, 4 reviews
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror 454 copies, 16 reviews
Rumpole à la Carte 423 copies, 4 reviews
Rumpole on Trial 420 copies, 6 reviews
Trials of Rumpole 419 copies, 8 reviews
Rumpole for the Defence 385 copies, 6 reviews
Rumpole and the Golden Thread 384 copies, 6 reviews
Clinging to the Wreckage 368 copies, 3 reviews
Titmuss Regained 340 copies, 4 reviews
Rumpole's Return 327 copies, 6 reviews
Rumpole and the Angel of Death 322 copies, 9 reviews
Rumpole and the Age of Miracles 300 copies, 7 reviews
Rumpole's Last Case 290 copies, 6 reviews
The Third Rumpole Omnibus 248 copies, 2 reviews
A Rumpole Christmas: Stories 237 copies, 18 reviews
Quite Honestly 228 copies, 10 reviews
Dunster 208 copies, 2 reviews
Rumpole 186 copies, 1 review
Felix in the Underworld 183 copies, 2 reviews
The Summer of a Dormouse 176 copies, 4 reviews
The Sound of Trumpets 170 copies, 2 reviews
Where There's a Will 134 copies, 4 reviews
The Oxford Book of Villains (Editor) 126 copies
Charade 122 copies, 2 reviews
In Character 111 copies, 1 review
The Narrowing Stream 107 copies, 2 reviews
Like Men Betrayed 78 copies, 2 reviews
Character Parts 66 copies
The Rapstone Chronicles 42 copies, 1 review
In Other Words 17 copies
The Judge 5 copies
Naked Justice 3 copies

Works have been aliased into John Clifford Mortimer.

Claudius the God (Introduction, some editions) 3,878 copies, 40 reviews
Orley Farm (Introduction, some editions) 628 copies, 13 reviews
The Best of Wodehouse (Introduction, some editions) 309 copies, 1 review
Best of Modern Humor (Contributor) 271 copies, 3 reviews
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (Contributor) 220 copies, 7 reviews
The Pleasure of Reading (Contributor) 178 copies, 7 reviews
A Flea in Her Ear (Translator, some editions) 130 copies, 1 review
The Best British Mysteries 2005 (Contributor) 118 copies, 3 reviews
Brideshead Revisited [1981 TV miniseries] (Screenwriter) 105 copies, 2 reviews
A New Omnibus of Crime (Contributor) 90 copies, 2 reviews
Tea with Mussolini [1999 film] (Screenwriter) 74 copies, 2 reviews
The Best British Mysteries 2006 (Contributor) 59 copies, 1 review
Die Fledermaus [libretto] (Translator, some editions) 41 copies
Sittings, 1979-1983 (Introduction) 36 copies
Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas (Contributor) 30 copies, 2 reviews
In Love and War [2001 TV movie] (Screenwriter) 22 copies
Crème de la Crime (Contributor) 21 copies, 1 review
Murder in Midwinter (Contributor) 16 copies
Contemporary one-act plays (Contributor) 15 copies
Murder on Trial (Contributor) 12 copies
Don Quixote [2000 TV movie] (Screenwriter) 8 copies
Laurie Lee: A Many-coated Man (Contributor) 5 copies
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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