Monday, January 19, 2009

Rumpole of the Bailey

 Actor Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole (L) and
Author John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole (R)

Sad News! Yesterday I heard that Sir John Mortimer, creator of one of my favourite fictional characters, Horace Rumpole, died on Friday at age 85. John Mortimer, who was working on a new Rumpole of the Bailey story, has 'left his most famous literary creation, Horace Rumpole, stranded part-way through a final adventure'.

I always had a soft spot for grizzled old Rumpole... maybe it was the Wordsworth he'd quote as he pondered the world generally, and his life particularly, between defense cases at the Old Bailey and his nightly encounters with She Who Must Be Obeyed, aka Mrs. Hilda Rumpole, wife to Horace.

So, a glass of 'Pomeroy's Finest' in honour of dear old Rumpole and his wonderful creator, Sr. John Mortimer.

Bless you!


  1. haven't heard of this author...will have to check him out.

  2. It's always a sad day when the people who have enriched our lives in some way come to the end of their time here on earth. Rumpole is definitely a favorite of mine, too, and will be sorely missed. I know John Mortimer wrote other books and created other characters, but none as "living" as Rumpole. Thank you, John Mortimer, and may you rest in peace.

  3. Lin, I hope you'll enjoy~

    Kathy, It is hard to remember that Rumpole is a fictional character -- he's so 'living' as you say.


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