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 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.
This a collection of articles with the theme of advice to the reader / listener given as entitlements in a metaphorical will on a mix of subjects. There are a number of anecdotes thrown in and social and political views and commentary.
I found it interesting and engaging and I will seek out the paper version because in places I found my attention wandering. I'm sure I've missed things I ought not to. Appropriately delivered according with stage of life of the author (and the narrator) but perhaps needed a bit more variety in pace and punch at times, (to hold my attention anyway). Perhaps I'm getting old!
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