John Mortimer Dies

John Mortimer, the creator of “Rumpole of the Bailey”  has died. He was 85 years old.

He was a strong opponent of censorship. The Times of London notes that he often said …”it was oddly anomalous that while murder was illegal it wasn’t a crime to write about it, whereas sex was legal but to write about it could be a crime.”

Many other news sources have covered the story, including.

In addition to his books and plays, two recent  biographies of Mortimer are available.


A Voyage Round John Mortimer: A Biography of the Creator of Rumpole of the Bailey
Grove, Valerie  

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (May 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0670018805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670018802


John Mortimer: The Secret Lives of Rumpole’s Creator 
Lord, Graham 

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (August 22, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0312330820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312330828

Mortimer also published a memoir.


Clinging to the Wreckage
Mortimer, John

  • Paperback: $14; 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin,  (January 1, 1984)
  • ISBN-10: 0140068600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140068603

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