Novelist, playwright and barrister Sir John Mortimer has led an extraordinarily rich and darling life, privately and professionally, much of it in the public eye. His own writings, from the play A voyage Round My Father, later a movie starring Laurence Olivier, to his widly popular books in the Rumpole series, to his three acclaimed volumes of autobiography have rewarded readers and viewers with insight and humour. Now, for the first time, biographer Valeria Grove has been given full access to Mortimer. A Voyage Around John Mortimer traces Mortimer's legal and literary career, from his first attempts at writting novels and plays, and the early help he offered his barrister father, through his great triumphs in the courts to the creation of Horace Rumpole, one of the most popular characters in contempory fiction and television. Mortimer's personal life includeing his marriages to Penelope Mortimer and Penelope II, and his many affairs - is a colourful as any fiction he's written.