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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 Tul Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Cheryl Sharkey | 12/12/2012

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

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