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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Mortimer Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461811541
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Creator of the mysteries starring the beloved English barrister, Horace Rumpole, John Mortimer paints a spirited portrait of his own colorful life in his quirky autobiography, Clinging to the Wreckage.

With wit and style, he takes you from his austere childhood in a 1930s British boarding school to his successful dual career in law and writing during the 1980s. Raised on his barrister father’s sordid tales of divorce cases, young John Mortimer grew up to view the world with an acute sense for the absurd. As an adult, he has maintained his huge appetite for laughter and life despite his daily legal work defending violent criminals and handling shipwrecked marriages. Novelist, playwright, and esteemed former barrister, John Mortimer draws on his many talents to create his wry, urbane memoirs.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Triffid | 2/18/2013

    " This memoir is more a short collection of amusing personal anecdotes than a detailed autobiography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry Barber | 1/20/2013

    " Some of his sentences can be convoluted but they are bright and insightful. He made me laugh. He made me cry. I keep going back to revel in the construction of his stories, his delivery, his impact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P. W. Lapwing | 1/7/2013

    " The blurb on the book's cover raises one's expectations. Although an interesting and humourous read, I didn't feel the book matched the hyperbole, and was left feeling a little bit disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Sharkey | 12/12/2012

    " Anecdotal and easy to read, would love to have had him for a dinner party. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JamesMarinero Marinero | 8/26/2011

    " A man from another age, now passed. Plenty of LOL's in there for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JamesMarinero | 7/2/2011

    " A man from another age, now passed. Plenty of LOL's in there for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Triffid | 7/8/2007

    " This memoir is more a short collection of amusing personal anecdotes than a detailed autobiography. "

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About the Author
Author John MortimerJohn Mortimer was the author of the Rumpole series, many of which formed the basis for the PBS-TV series Rumpole of the Bailey. The first book featuring his most famous character, Horace Rumpole, was published by Penguin in 1980. His work also includes many novels and plays and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography. A former barrister, Mortimer, who was knighted in 1998, lived in Oxfordshire, England. He died in January of 2009.
About the Narrator

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.