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CLINGING TO WRECKAGE: A Part of Life

MORTIMER, John

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ISBN 10: 0899191339 / ISBN 13: 9780899191331
Published by Ticknor and Fields, New Haven, CT, 1982
Used Condition Near Fine Harc
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Red cloth binding with gold colored print on spine. Tight, sound and unmarked except author inscription. 200 pages. Dust jacket a couple of minute closed tears on edges. In mylar and not price-clipped. Autobiography of British Writer, playright and attorney. Size: 6 1/4 X 9 1/4. Bookseller Inventory # 010234

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"Clinging to the Wreckage" - the first part of John Mortimer's hilarious and moving autobiography. "A true masterpiece of the genre". ("The Times"). Here John Mortimer recounts his solitary childhood in the English countryside, with affectionate portraits of his remote parents - an increasingly unconventional barrister father, whose blindness must never be mentioned, battling earwigs in the mutinous garden, and a vague and endlessly patient mother. As a boy dreaming of a tap-dancing career on the stage and forming a one-boy communist cell at boarding school, his father pushes him to pursue the law, where Mortimer embarks on the career that was to inspire his hilarious and immortal literary creations. Told with great humour and touching honesty, this is a magnificent achievement by one of Britain's best-loved writers. It will delight readers of P.G. Wodehouse, Roald Dahl and fans of Rumpole. "Enchantingly witty ...should be held as the model for all autobiographies of our times". (Auberon Waugh). Sir John Mortimer was a barrister, playwright and novelist. His fictional trilogy about the inexorable rise of an ambitious Tory MP in the Thatcher years ("Paradise Postponed", "Titmuss Regained" and "The Sound of Trumpets") has recently been republished in "Penguin Classics", together with "Clinging to the Wreckage" and his play "A Voyage round My Father". His most famous creation was the barrister Horace Rumpole, who featured in four novels and around eighty short stories. His books in Penguin include: "The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole"; "The Collected Stories of Rumpole"; "The First Rumpole Omnibus"; "Rumpole and the Angel of Death"; "Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders"; "Rumpole and the Primrose Path"; "Rumpole and the Reign of Terror"; "Rumpole and the Younger Generation"; "Rumpole at Christmas"; "Rumpole Rests His Case"; "The Second Rumpole Omnibus"; "Forever Rumpole"; "In Other Words"; "Quite Honestly" and "Summer's Lease".

About the Author: John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh?s Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.

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Title: CLINGING TO WRECKAGE: A Part of Life

Publisher: Ticknor and Fields, New Haven, CT

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Harc

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: by Author

Edition: First Edition / First Printing.

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