Following the best-selling Summer of a Dormouse, Sir John Mortimer - playwright, novelist, octogenarian, and erstwhile QC - offers up more lessons in living and growing old disgracefully. What would we like to leave to our descendants? Not a third-rate painting or our PEPS, according to Sir John, but a love of Shakespeare, a taste for alcohol, the ability to defeat boredom, the importance of never locking the lavatory door, and so on.
Owing something to Montaigne's essays, something to Wilde's aphorisms, and something to Yeats' poem for his daughter, Where There's a Will offers plenty of advice from one who saw it all.
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A BIT DISAPPOINTING
A wry sense of humour is what best maintains an otherwise overindulgent and somewhat stale rehash of the Mortimer view of life. Whilst entertaining in parts, it tends to pall after a while, and becomes rather repetitive.
He could have edited it better and be a little bit more original rather than just repeating what he has expressed in the same vein many times before.
A very real sense that you are hearing the author himself instead of just imbibing dry print.
- H. L. Mason
...there's alot of relatives and here, wise words