John Mortimer - Author

About the Author

John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist and former practising barrister. During the war he worked with the Crown Film Unit and published a number of novels, before turning to theatre. He has written many film scripts, and plays both for radio and television, including A Voyage Round My Father, the Rumpole plays, which won him the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. His many collections of Rumpole stories are published in Penguin, as well as a volume of his plays, two volumes of his acclaimed autobiography, Clinging to the Wreckage and Murderers and Other Friends, and In Character and Character Parts, which contain interviews with some of the most famous men and women of our time. His novels include Summer's Lease, Paradise Postponed , Titmuss Regained (its sequel), Under the Hammer, all of which have been made into successful television series, Charade, Dunster, and Felix in the Underworld.

 

John Mortimer died in 2009.

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Rumpole on Trial

Rumpole on Trial

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2018

In this collection of stories, the beloved barrister must fend off the advances of a mysterious young woman, face the Disciplinary Committee of the Bar Council, and take on a group of devil worshippers.

Rumpole: The Sleeping Partners & other stories Three BBC Radio 4 dramatisations

Rumpole: The Sleeping Partners & other stories Three BBC Radio 4 dramatisations

Author: John Mortimer Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/07/2018

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this third thrilling collection of court cases Rumpole and the Old Boy Net: With the help of his new pupil, Miss Phillida Trant, Rumpole must defend Mr Napier Lee, who is charged with blackmail. But the alleged victim of the blackmail went to public school with the defendant, and Mr Lee won't sneak on his old school chum... Rumpole and the Sleeping Partners: After a legal ball in the Savoy Hotel, Rumpole and Hilda argue about Rumpole's drunken behaviour and Rumpole decides to sleep the night on his sofa in chambers - strictly against the rules. But there he finds his colleague Erskine-Brown with Phillida Trant, 'working late'... Rumpole and the Portia of our Chambers: Rumpole comes close to giving up the law when forced to consider the path his life has taken by a combination of his attraction to his pupil Phillida, an unsettling case involving an Irish terrorist, and a visit from an old flame of Hilda's.

Rumpole: The Sleeping Partners & other stories

Rumpole: The Sleeping Partners & other stories

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2018

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this third thrilling collection of court casesRumpole and the Old Boy Net: With the help of his new pupil, Miss Phillida Trant, Rumpole must defend Mr Napier Lee, who is charged with blackmail. But the alleged victim of the blackmail went to public school with the defendant, and Mr Lee won't sneak on his old school chum...Rumpole and the Sleeping Partners: After a legal ball in the Savoy Hotel, Rumpole and Hilda argue about Rumpole's drunken behaviour and Rumpole decides to sleep the night on his sofa in chambers - strictly against the rules. But there he finds his colleague Erskine-Brown with Phillida Trant, 'working late'...Rumpole and the Portia of our Chambers: Rumpole comes close to giving up the law when forced to consider the path his life has taken by a combination of his attraction to his pupil Phillida, an unsettling case involving an Irish terrorist, and a visit from an old flame of Hilda's.

Rumpole: The Gentle Art of Blackmail & other stories Four BBC Radio 4 dramatisations

Rumpole: The Gentle Art of Blackmail & other stories Four BBC Radio 4 dramatisations

Author: John Mortimer Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/04/2018

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young Horace Rumpole in this second stellar collection of court cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole Rumpole and the Man of God It is 1959, and Rumpole must defend a clergyman accused of shoplifting who, although he clearly did not commit the crime, is curiously reluctant to be cross-examined under oath. Meanwhile, Hilda (she who must be obeyed) has big news... Rumpole and the Explosive Evidence Rumpole defends a well-known safe blower and exposes the underhand behaviour of one Dirty Dickerson, a senior police officer who is quite prepared to tamper with evidence. Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail In 1964 Rumpole returns to Oxford, where he studied law, to defend a young gardener who is accused of blackmailing the Master of St Joseph's College. Their friendship had provoked rumours of homosexuality - still illegal in those days - and the Master says he has been threatened with a public accusation. Rumpole and the Expert Witness Rumpole is asked to defend a GP, Dr Ned Dacre, who is accused of murdering his wife, Sally. The plot thickens when the local pathologist turns out to have history with Dr Ned... Durations: 3 hours approx.

Rumpole: The Gentle Art of Blackmail & other stories

Rumpole: The Gentle Art of Blackmail & other stories

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2018

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young Horace Rumpole in this second stellar collection of court cases, also starring Timothy West as the older RumpoleRumpole and the Man of GodIt is 1959, and Rumpole must defend a clergyman accused of shoplifting who, although he clearly did not commit the crime, is curiously reluctant to be cross-examined under oath. Meanwhile, Hilda (she who must be obeyed) has big news...Rumpole and the Explosive Evidence Rumpole defends a well-known safe blower and exposes the underhand behaviour of one Dirty Dickerson, a senior police officer who is quite prepared to tamper with evidence.Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail In 1964 Rumpole returns to Oxford, where he studied law, to defend a young gardener who is accused of blackmailing the Master of St Joseph's College. Their friendship had provoked rumours of homosexuality - still illegal in those days - and the Master says he has been threatened with a public accusation.Rumpole and the Expert Witness Rumpole is asked to defend a GP, Dr Ned Dacre, who is accused of murdering his wife, Sally. The plot thickens when the local pathologist turns out to have history with Dr Ned...

Rumpole: The Penge Bungalow Murders & other stories Three BBC Radio 4 dramatisations

Rumpole: The Penge Bungalow Murders & other stories Three BBC Radio 4 dramatisations

Author: John Mortimer Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/01/2018

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, feisty, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this collection of cracking cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders: It is the fifties, and two war heroes have been shot dead. Defending the suspect is deemed hopeless, so the case is handed to a novice. But the novice's superiors didn't count on the tenacity and wit of the young and hungry Horace Rumpole, as he defends the accused alone and without a leader for the very first time. This two-part adaptation of the novel by John Mortimer also marks the beginning of Rumpole's life-long liason with Hilda ( She Who Must Be Obeyed ). Rumpole and the Family Pride: We rejoin Rumpole and Hilda in the late 1950s, when they have been married for a year or two. Hilda's cousin lives with her husband, the 17th Baron Sackbut, in Sackbut Castle on the Yorkshire Moors. Hilda and Rumpole are invited to the castle when a body is found in the grounds. Meanwhile, in London, Rumpole defends a tramp who has confessed to a triple-murder. Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle: When Rumpole and Hilda attend a concert performed by The Casterini Trio, Rumpole is surprised to be approached by Elizabeth Casterini - the trio's beautiful violinist. But then the Trio's cellist, Tom Randall, is murdered. Elizabeth's husband is arrested, and Rumpole agrees to defend him at the Old Bailey. 'a deliciously fun listen' - AudioFile Magazine Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Rumpole: The Penge Bungalow Murders & other stories

Rumpole: The Penge Bungalow Murders & other stories

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2018

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, feisty, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this collection of cracking cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole.Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders: It is the fifties, and two war heroes have been shot dead. Defending the suspect is deemed hopeless, so the case is handed to a novice. But the novice's superiors didn't count on the tenacity and wit of the young and hungry Horace Rumpole, as he defends the accused alone and without a leader for the very first time. This two-part adaptation of the novel by John Mortimer also marks the beginning of Rumpole's life-long liason with Hilda ("e;She Who Must Be Obeyed"e;).Rumpole and the Family Pride: We rejoin Rumpole and Hilda in the late 1950s, when they have been married for a year or two. Hilda's cousin lives with her husband, the 17th Baron Sackbut, in Sackbut Castle on the Yorkshire Moors. Hilda and Rumpole are invited to the castle when a body is found in the grounds. Meanwhile, in London, Rumpole defends a tramp who has confessed to a triple-murder.Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle: When Rumpole and Hilda attend a concert performed by The Casterini Trio, Rumpole is surprised to be approached by Elizabeth Casterini - the trio's beautiful violinist. But then the Trio's cellist, Tom Randall, is murdered. Elizabeth's husband is arrested, and Rumpole agrees to defend him at the Old Bailey.'a deliciously fun listen' - AudioFile Magazine

Cotton Spinning The Story of the Spindle

Cotton Spinning The Story of the Spindle

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

The Whole Art of Husbandry

The Whole Art of Husbandry

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Automotive Gas Turbines

Automotive Gas Turbines

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/12/2016

During the Second World War, following the development of the jet engine by Sir Frank Whittle, the Rover Car Company became involved in the development of Whittle's gas turbine powered jet engine. As a result of this work, and following the end of the war, the company's engineers turned their attention to using gas turbines for cars and commercial vehicles. Noel Penny, one of Rover's engineers grew steadily enthusiastic about the gas turbine's potential and later became in charge of the company's work. Following on from Jet 1 and other later designs, his attention turned from cars to heavy trucks and, when Rover became part of British Leyland, Penny found himself in charge of Leyland Gas Turbines Ltd.Then Penny had the opportunity to found his own company and gained work from Caterpillar Inc. in the USA. His business designed other small gas turbines for aircraft. This book, while being Penny's story, also covers the work of other companies including Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Mack and Volvo.

Rumpole The Splendours and Miseries of an Old Bailey Hack

Rumpole The Splendours and Miseries of an Old Bailey Hack

Author: John Mortimer Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/11/2016

Maurice Denham stars as John Mortimer's famous comic creation Rumpole of the Bailey. Defender of the underdog, friend of South London villains and scourge of QCs, much-loved barrister Horace Rumpole was first brought to life on television, and in 1980 BBC Radio 4 introduced him to the airwaves for a 13-episode series. In these delightful full-cast courtroom dramas, the claret-drinking, poetry-quoting lawyer recalls his colourful career at the Old Bailey, while being supported at home by the redoubtable Hilda ('She Who Must Be Obeyed'). From a disputed will case to a GP accused of murder, Rumpole must exercise all his talents as an advocate to fight for justice... Includes Rumpole and the Confession of Guilt, Rumpole and the Dear Departed, Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail, Rumpole and the Rotten Apple, Rumpole and the Man of God, Rumpole and the Defence of Guthrie Featherstone, Rumpole and the Show Folk, Rumpole and the Fascist Beast, Rumpole and the Case of Identity, Rumpole and the Expert Witness, Rumpole and the Course of True Love, Rumpole and the Perils of the Sea and Rumpole and the Age for Retirement. Among the supporting cast are Margot Boyd, Michael Maloney, Michael Elphick, Angela Thorne, Geoffrey Bayldon and Saeed Jaffrey. Duration: 6 hours 30 mins.

Rumpole

Rumpole

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2016

Maurice Denham stars as John Mortimer's famous comic creation Rumpole of the Bailey. Defender of the underdog, friend of South London villains and scourge of QCs, much-loved barrister Horace Rumpole was first brought to life on television, and in 1980 BBC Radio 4 introduced him to the airwaves for a 13-episode series. In these delightful full-cast courtroom dramas, the claret-drinking, poetry-quoting lawyer recalls his colourful career at the Old Bailey, while being supported at home by the redoubtable Hilda ('She Who Must Be Obeyed'). From a disputed will case to a GP accused of murder, Rumpole must exercise all his talents as an advocate to fight for justice... Includes Rumpole and the Confession of Guilt, Rumpole and the Dear Departed, Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail, Rumpole and the Rotten Apple, Rumpole and the Man of God, Rumpole and the Defence of Guthrie Featherstone, Rumpole and the Show Folk, Rumpole and the Fascist Beast, Rumpole and the Case of Identity, Rumpole and the Expert Witness, Rumpole and the Course of True Love, Rumpole and the Perils of the Sea and Rumpole and the Age for Retirement. Among the supporting cast are Margot Boyd, Michael Maloney, Michael Elphick, Angela Thorne, Geoffrey Bayldon and Saeed Jaffrey. Duration: 6 hours 30 mins.

Mercantile Manchester: Past and Present

Mercantile Manchester: Past and Present

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2016

MERCANTILE MANCHESTER was first published in 1896. The first three chapters deal with the growth of Manchester's commercial activities up to the middle of the nineteenth century. The remaining chapters detail the events of the second half of the nineteenth century, such as the impact of the new railway system; the building of the Town Hall and the development of the Cotton Exchange. The author takes the reader on a walk through Manchester and describes its principal features as they existed in the 1890s. It provides a vivid picture of how Manchester operated when the Lancashire cotton industry was reaching its zenith. This edition is newly type-set but retains the same language (and spelling) of the original. A map of central Manchester c1890 has been added to help readers identify some of the streets that John Mortimer described. He should not be confused with the twentieth century author and barrister; John Mortimer was born in Manchester in 1839 and died in 1912.

The Colonial and Asiatic Review

The Colonial and Asiatic Review

Author: John Mortimer Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2015

The Colonial and Asiatic Review

The Colonial and Asiatic Review

Author: John Mortimer Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2015

Cotton Spinning The Story of the Spindle

Cotton Spinning The Story of the Spindle

Author: John Mortimer Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

The Whole Art of Husbandry

The Whole Art of Husbandry

Author: John Mortimer Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Angel in the House

Angel in the House

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2015

Seeking independence from her family in Brewer Street, Soho, London in 1858, Elizabeth Susanna Browning responds to an advertisement placed by 'Zeta' in The Times newspaper. Within days, Elizabeth is appointed housekeeper to 'Zeta', a strange but charismatic American engineer and newspaper editor, Zerah Colburn. Before long, 'Lizzy' as she is called by Mr. Colburn, and her new employer are sailing to New York on the iron steamer, Great Eastern. The couple marry in New York but a turbulent married life unfolds in Philadelphia where Zerah Colburn has launched a weekly newspaper. Hit by the 1860 financial crash, the newspaper folds and the couple head for London. In London, life is no happier for Lizzy who faces a personal and humiliating crisis. Faced with the diemma of staying with her husband or leaving, Lizzy hires a private enquiry agent, Mr. Bentley. What Mr. Bentley uncovers wounds Lizzy. But there are more shocks in store before she finds peace of mind with a new lover, another engineer, but from Norway.

The Nearly Engine

The Nearly Engine

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/03/2015

This book traces the post-war development of gas turbine engines for use in passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the UK, Germany, Italy and the USA. It is based on interviews with leading engineering figures of the day as well as reports by journalists. The work also contains photographs of engines and vehicles as well as diagrams of various gas turbine engines.

Day Dreams of a Pioneer - Scholar's Choice Edition

Day Dreams of a Pioneer - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2015

Rumpole

Rumpole

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 24/08/2012

Here are six delightful tales featuring everyone's favorite barrister for the defense, Horace Rumpole. Eccentric characters such as his wife, Hilda, otherwise known as "e;She Who Must Be Obeyed,"e; and his philandering colleague Claude Erskine-Brown are back as Rumpole visits a snooty restaurant where he engages in a battle of wills over his adored mashed spuds, takes the unaccustomed role of prosecutor, and ventures-unwillingly-onto a ship, where he confronts, of all things, a detective novelist. Included are "e;Rumpole a la Carte,"e; "e;Rumpole and the Summer of Discontent,"e; "e;Rumpole and the Right to Silence,"e; "e;Rumpole at Sea,"e; "e;Rumpole and the Quacks,"e; and "e;Rumpole for the Prosecution."e; This masterly blend of humor and mystery makes for irresistible listening.

Rumpole and the Angel of Death

Rumpole and the Angel of Death

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2012

Horace Rumpole, the comic, courageous, and corpulent "e;great defender of muddled and sinful humanity,"e; is joined by a winning cast of villains and victims in this collection of six tales in which wry humor and sparkling wit deftly send up the British legal system. In Rumpole and the Angel of Death, our hero achieves new, resounding triumphs over the forces of prejudice and mean-mindedness. One adventure involves Rumpole in the world of hunters and the hunted, animal rights and human wrongs, while in another he finds that international justice is as fallible as the domestic variety. And for the first time, Hilda, "e;She Who Must Be Obeyed,"e; tells a story all her own.

Rumpole and the Golden Thread

Rumpole and the Golden Thread

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 02/08/2012

In this engaging collection of stories, Rumpole continues to deftly juggle the vagaries of law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart in his death-defying performances on behalf of justice. The irreverent, claret-swilling, poetry-spouting barrister takes on suspect connoisseurs in the art world, journeys deep into the throbbing heart of Africa, dabbles in some feminist politics, decides the countryside is a very dangerous place, and incurs the wrath of his wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Rumpole for the Defense

Rumpole for the Defense

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 23/02/2012

Whether he's quoting Wordsworth or having words with a particularly obtuse judge, Horace Rumpole always knows what he's doing--even if no one else does. In this delightful collection of stories, Rumpole straightens everyone out in the shocking case of a "e;bent copper,"e; gallantly teaches a professor of moral philosophy about blackmail, consults with the dear departed when a will is contested, traces the path of true love when a doctor is accused of murder, and (in the name of duty, of course) drinks to excess with a teetotaling member of the prosecution. There is even a rare moment or two when Rumpole finds himself appreciative of "e;She Who Must Be Obeyed"e; (Mrs. Rumpole), when she inadvertently provides some essential clues that clinch his cases. Stories in this collection include "e;Rumpole for the Defense,"e; "e;Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail,"e; "e;Rumpole and the Dear Departed,"e; "e;Rumpole and the Rotten Apple,"e; "e;Rumpole and the Expert Witness,"e; "e;Rumpole and the Spirit of Christmas,"e; and "e;Rumpole and the Boat People."e;

Trials of Rumpole

Trials of Rumpole

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2012

Horace Rumpole-who never prosecutes, whose fame rests on an infinite knowledge of blood and typewriters, whose court scenes are proverbial, whose home is ruled by Mrs. Rumpole ("e;She Who Must Be Obeyed"e;)-is back on the defense, as irreverent, as iconoclastic, as claret-swilling, poetry-spouting, impudent, witty, and cynical as ever. This time the judge-debunking barrister-at-law is embroiled with a minister accused of shoplifting, an actress accused of murder, and a racist candidate for Parliament, with art theft and mistaken identity thrown in for good measure. The result is a delightful excursion into hidden corners of the British judicial system served up in typically colorful Rumpole style. Stories include: Rumpole and the Man of God, Rumpole and the Showfolk, Rumpole and the Fascist Beast, Rumpole and the Case of Identity, Rumpole and the Course of True Love, and Rumpole and the Age for Retirement.

Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole of the Bailey

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 23/05/2011

Horace Rumpole, the irreverent, iconoclastic, claret-swilling, poetry-spouting barrister-at-law, is among the most beloved characters of English crime literature. He is not a particularly gifted attorney, nor is he particularly fond of the law by courts if it comes to that, but he'd rather be swinging at a case than bowing to his wife, Hilda-"e;She Who Must Be Obeyed."e; In this first title of the popular series featuring Rumpole, all of the major characters who occupy the Rumpole stories make their introductions: the sneaky, slightly effeminate Erskine-Brown; the bumbling Guthrie Featherstone; and various and sundry other lawyers and clerks whose lives weave in and out of these stories. These six stories include the Younger Generation, the Alternative Society, the Honourable Member, the Married Lady, the Learned Friends, and the Heavy Brigade.

A Flea in Her Ear

A Flea in Her Ear

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2010

Eccentric and hillarious, Georges Feydeau's much loved comedy mixes madness, mayhem, fun and frivolity. When the beautiful wife of Victor Chandebise suspects of having an affair, she enlists the help of her dearest friend to entrap him. Their plan to entice him to a rendezvous at the Hotel Coq D'or spectacularly misfires and chaos ensues. Set in the decadent surroundings of Belle Epoque Paris, Feydeau's quintessential farce promises to be an exhilerating even of mistaken identities and comic disaster.

Day Dreams of a Pioneer

Day Dreams of a Pioneer

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2009

Rumpole's Last Case

Rumpole's Last Case

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2009

Rumpole is on the job again, bringing along his taste for claret, his penchant for poetry, and his reputation for a good story. These seven irresistible stories run the gamut from simple thievery to murder and espionage. Rumpole recalls three delightful battles with his arch-enemy, the Mad Bull, indulges his knowledge of bloodstains and typewriters, and uses the refined taste of a garage mechanic to discover the reasons for the robbery of a case of wine. As usual, Rumpole's biting wit and benevolent ideas of justice push the Mad Bull to the edge of retaliation, and it is only through some last minute diplomatic intervention that Rumpole lives to argue another day.

Zerah Colburn - Spirit of Darkness

Zerah Colburn - Spirit of Darkness

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2007

Zerah Colburn The Spirit of Darkness

Zerah Colburn The Spirit of Darkness

Author: John Mortimer Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2005

Rumpole and the Primrose Path

Rumpole and the Primrose Path

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2003

Rumpole and the Primrose Path - six hilarious crime capers starring John Mortimer's iconic character 'Rumpole, like Jeeves and Sherlock Holmes, is immortal' P. D James, Mail on Sunday 'I thank heaven for small mercies. The first of these is Rumpole' Clive James, Observer Rumpole was last seen in his hospital bed after his sudden collapse in court. Now our hero finds himself in the Primrose Path nursing home - or a hospice as he persists in describing it. Things aren't looking good for Rumpole - until suddenly he begins to sense there's something wrong with the place, and all his intelligence and formidable insight into human behaviour come to the fore again. And once he has solved the mystery of the Primrose Path nursing home, Rumpole finds the briefs fly thick and fast again. This delightful collection of six Rumpole stories shows the legendary advocate on top form. Readers of Sherlock Holmes, P.D. James and P.G. Wodehouse will love this book. Sir John Mortimer was a barrister, playwright and novelist. His fictional political trilogy of 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.

The International Robot Industry Report

The International Robot Industry Report

Author: John Mortimer, Brian Rooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/1987

Like many other new technologies which have since been seized and exploited by others, the industrial robot is a British invention. In 1957, a patent was produced by a British inventor, Cyril Walter Kenward, and later it became crucial to the future of robotics. For across the Atlantic two robot builders, Unimation and AMF, both infringed this patent and ultimately a cash settlement was made to Kenward. The owner of Unimation Inc. was Joseph Engelberger, an entrepreneur and avid reader of Isaac Asimov, the writer who helped to create the image of the benevolent robot. It is claimed that Engelberger's journey of fame down the road which led to him being hailed as the 'father of robotics' can be traced to the day that he met George C. Devol at a cocktail party. Devol was an inventor with an impressive list of patents to his name in the electronics field. One of Devol's patent applications referred to a Programmed Transfer Article. Devol's patent was issued in 1961 as US Patent 2,988,237, and this formed the basis of the Unimate robot which first saw the light of day in 1960. The first Unimate was sold to Ford Motor Company which used it to tend a die-casting machine. It is perhaps ironic that the first robot was used by a company which refused to recognise the machine as a robot, preferring instead to call it a Universal Transfer Device.

The FMS Report Ingersoll Engineers

The FMS Report Ingersoll Engineers

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/08/1984

ompanies are turning increasingly to FMS, or Flexible C Manufacturing Systems, to improve their performance. They see FMS as a business-driven route to improved profitability through reduced lead-times, rapid response to market conditions, increased flexibility and lower manning. However, since The FMS Report was first written many more firms have begun the exciting task of evaluating, and in some cases, adopting, flexible manufacturing systems to improve their business position and their manufacturing effectiveness. The practical experiences of these firms have not only served to reinforce the need for The FMS Report in the first place, but they have underscored its message. But these practical experiences have had another effect. They have pulled into even sharper focus than before the four pivotal issues which are fundamental to the successful implementation of FMS: namely, principles; simplicity; software; and people. On the matter of establishing principles it is important to determine what level of flexibility is right for your FMS to be compatible with your company's business objectives. It can be unrealistic and expensive to think in terms of an FMS which is too flexible for your needs. So it is important to approach FMS from a 'top down' attitude born out of a thorough evaluation of the company's business strategy. This must be backed-up by an operational strategy to ensure that the right human and financial resources and attitudes are available to implement the business plan and achieve the objectives-especially those centring on FMS.

Decade of Robotics Special Tenth Anniversary issue of The Industrial Robot magazine

Decade of Robotics Special Tenth Anniversary issue of The Industrial Robot magazine

Author: John Mortimer Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/1983

HERE are two views about the story of King T Canute and the incoming tide. One version has it that he was stupid enough to think that he was such a powerful King that he could stop the tide coming in. The other version suggests that he was demonstrating to his stick-in-the-mud advisers that not even a King as powerful as himself could tum back the tide. Either version has obvious applications to a number ofBritish industrial enterprises. The simple fact is that there is no way the incoming tide of robots can be turned back. There are three options. Face it out and drown; retreat before it, that roughly equates to importing foreign made robots which means exporting employment; or make the most ofit, which entails investing in the rapidly developing robot industry and thereby creating wealth and employment at home. There is no doubt that the design and manufacturing talent is available. I only hope that the Captains of British Industry will take heed of the second version of the story of King Canute . .

Rumpole and the Primrose Path

Rumpole and the Primrose Path

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

This release comprises four 45 minute BBC Radio 4 plays adapted by John Mortimer from four stories in his latest published collection, 'Rumpole and the Primrose Path'. Rumpole is a wine-imbibing friend of the South London criminal classes, and the scourge of all QCs. Acting as narrator, he tells a series of stories involving legal chicanery, criminal derring-do and startling coincidence, spiced with a modicum of domestic strife at home. In these episodes Rumpole is played by Timothy West, whilst the part of She Who Must Be Obeyed is taken by his real-life wife, Prunella Scales.

Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

Author: John Mortimer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

When Lewis Luby (Jeremy Irons) comes to, late at night in an Italian hospital, he finds himself lying under the monstrous big toe of God. Surely there has been some mistake: Luby, who has never for one moment believed in the immortality of the soul, cannot possibly be in heaven! John Mortimer had the idea for 'Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven' when he first visited the Santa Maria della Scala hospital in Siena and saw patients lying in beds under ceilings decorated with 15th-Century frescoes depicting Heaven and Hell. The play was first produced for BBC Radio 3 in 1976, with John Gielgud in the title role. Later that year it was presented on stage as part of a double bill 'Heaven and Hell', with Denholm Elliot as Luby. This BBC Radio 4 'Afternoon Play' production, starring Jeremy Irons as the protagonist, was first broadcast 31 December 2008 and repeated 15 February 2011. Stephen Critchlow, Marsha Fitzalan, Chris Pavlo, Donnla Hughes, Dan Starkey and Flaminia Cinque also feature amongst the cast.

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