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  • Title: Murderers and Other Friends: Another Part of Life
  • Author: John Mortimer
  • ISBN: 9780140248005
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a boy, John Mortimer wanted to be an actor, as a young man a writer, but at his father s suggestion he also pursued a career in law in which, as a defending barrister, he found himself establishing profound but short term friendships with those accused of various crimes, including murder The chief lesson he learned from all this was to refrain from judgment, a qualitAs a boy, John Mortimer wanted to be an actor, as a young man a writer, but at his father s suggestion he also pursued a career in law in which, as a defending barrister, he found himself establishing profound but short term friendships with those accused of various crimes, including murder The chief lesson he learned from all this was to refrain from judgment, a quality he maintained in his other life For alongside his work as a lawyer, Mortimer indulged a passion for writing As this second career took over his life, it brought enriching yet frequently volatile friendships with Tony Richardson, John Gielgud, Harold Pinter, David Niven, and Neil Kinnock, among others, from the worlds of theater, film, the law, and politics John Mortimer brought his two worlds together in the character of Rumpole, for whom his creator is frequently mistaken Murderers and Other Friends is John Mortimer s summing up of himself through his friends With wit, wisdom, and tenderness he has written the story of the second part of his life, of the strangely assorted characters that enriched it, and of his family at its heart.
    Murderers and Other Friends Another Part of Life As a boy John Mortimer wanted to be an actor as a young man a writer but at his father s suggestion he also pursued a career in law in which as a defending barrister he found himself establishing

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    1. Mortimer has a very good way with words Many anecdotes and character portrayals are interesting and entertaining Some of the book, esp towards the end I had to skim His South African family were of little interest to me Some of the material is dated e.g discussion of bleaker aspects of the old Soviet empire some might ask what other aspects to that empire were there Many of the well known people he portrays are now deceased as is Mortimer himself, of course , and, being my contemporaries well, a [...]

    2. As a cautionary note As a cautionary note there are not many murderers in this book It seems to concentrate on his literary and actor friends than murderers he may have defended The audio book version is narrated by the author and whilst I am in awe of his talent for accents most of the time he sometimes seemed to be muttering It was the cadence of a barrister at times What I didn t like was the political rant towards the end of the book together with some of the commentary on his South African [...]

    3. This book is a bit old, but I wanted to give it a try due to a recommendation heard on a favorite radio program Frequently humorous and at times interesting, this biography did not always entertain I got through it with some effort A deeper awareness of all things British may have made it entertaining I did enjoy a few hearty laughs at the stories about some of the strange defendants Mr Mortimer represented at the Old Bailey Indeed, the stories of some of Mortimer s theater friends, such as Sir [...]

    4. I liked the tone of voice it is witty, honest and feels as though Mortimer is seated next to me telling me all about his life, I loved the tone of this book.I was weary about the font well, Penguin books are know to have very tiny fonts and this was a little tricky for me.Would I recommend it Yes, it is a good book well told.Award 3 stars Reason The wit, the people, his dreams and real life experiences and how he gives an insight into an advocate s life A good read most definitely.

    5. I love reading about JM s life This book was particularly great for me since he describes some of the real cases that eventually led to Rumpole stories Who would believe that the Tap End came from a real case

    6. Absolute genius Many readers are unaware that whilst Mortimer was busy writing books and plays he was also a practising barrister and QC hence his deep knowldge and personal interaction with some of the villians who passed through London s Old Bailey A must read

    7. I enjoyed this I would have rather heard about his time at the bar but since he really didn t enjoy it, I understand why he doesn t stay there Some rather dry spots but otherwise a very good read.

    8. Parts of the book were amusing, but I couldn t bring myself to finish it I m afraid I prefer Rumpole to Mr Mortimer

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