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In memoriam, John Mortimer

By Tom Chatfield  

In a web-exclusive article for Prospect this week, journalist Colin Murphy looks back on a meeting in 2005 with John Mortimer, who died at the age of 85 last Friday. Mortimer—who for many years combined his literary career (most famously as the creator of fiction’s most renowned and redoubtable barrister, Rumpole of the Bailey) with an equally dazzling professional and social life—was one of those great Englishmen who lived long enough to become their own monument. Despite his status as a living…

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