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Penelope Ruth Mortimer, born Penelope Fletcher (19 September 1918 - 19 October 1999), was a British journalist, biographer and novelist.

She was born in Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, the daughter of a Anglican clergyman, who had lost his faith and used the parish magazine to celebrate the Soviet persecution of the Russian church. He also sexually abused her. Her father frequently changed his parish, so, consequently, she attended numerous schools. She left University College, London, after only one year.

She married Charles Dimont, a journalist, in 1937, and they had two daughters. She also had two daughters through extra-marital relationships with Kenneth Harrison and Randall Swingler. She met barrister and writer John Mortimer while pregnant with the last child and married him in 1949. Together they had a daughter and a son. She had one novel "Johanna" published under her name, Penelope Dimont, then as Penelope Mortimer, she authored "A Villa in Summer"(1954 Michael Joseph). It received critical acclaim. More novels (see below) followed. She was also a freelance journalist, whose work appeared regularly in The New Yorker. As an agony aunt for the Daily Mail, she wrote under the nom de plume Ann Temple. In the late 1960s, she replaced Penelope Gilliatt as film critic for The Observer.

Her marriage to John Mortimer was difficult. They were both serial adulterers. In 1971, they divorced. Her relationships with men were the inspiration for the novels, Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (republished in 2008 by Persephone Books) and The Pumpkin Eater (1962), which was adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter. It starred Peter Finch and Anne Bancroft, who won an Oscar nomination for her role.

Mortimer continued in journalism, mainly for The Sunday Times, and also wrote screenplays. Her biography of the Queen Mother was commissioned by Macmillan, but when completed, it was rejected so instead Viking published it in 1986. Her former agent Giles Gordon in his Guardian obituary as "the most astute biography of a royal since Lytton Strachey was at work. Penelope had approached her subject as somebody in the public eye, whose career might as well be recorded as if she were a normal human being."

She wrote two volumes of autobiography, About Time: An Aspect of Autobiography, covering her life until 1939, appeared in 1979 and won the Whitbread Prize, and About Time Too: 1940-78 in 1993. A third volume, Closing Time, is unpublished.

She died from cancer, aged 81, in Kensington, London, England.

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Total Books: 37
The Pumpkin Eater
2011 - The Pumpkin Eater (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781590173824
ISBN-10: 1590173821
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

Daddy's Gone Ahunting
2008 - Daddy's Gone Ahunting (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781903155677
ISBN-10: 1903155673
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Queen Mother An Alternative Portrait of Her Life and Times
1995 - Queen Mother an Alternative Portrait of Her Life and Times (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780233989723
ISBN-10: 0233989722
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Striking the Balance A History of the Oppenheim Bank
1994 - Striking the Balance a History of the Oppenheim Bank (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780297813972
ISBN-10: 0297813978
Genre: Business & Money

My Friend Says It's Bulletproof
1991 - My Friend Says It's Bulletproof [Virago Modern Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140162226
ISBN-10: 0140162224
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Long Distance
1986 - Long Distance (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780091640408
ISBN-10: 0091640407

Queen Elizabeth a life of the Queen Mother
1986 - Queen Elizabeth a Life of the Queen Mother (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780670810659
ISBN-10: 0670810657
Genre: History

The Handyman
1984 - The Handyman (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140056198
ISBN-10: 014005619X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

About Time  An Aspect of Autobiography
1981 - About Time an Aspect of Autobiography (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140051469
ISBN-10: 0140051465

Saturday Lunch with the Brownings
1977 - Saturday Lunch with the Brownings (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140039559
ISBN-10: 0140039554

The Home
1973 - The Home (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140036121
ISBN-10: 0140036121
Genre: Literature & Fiction

1972 - Home (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394473062
ISBN-10: 039447306X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Queen Elizabeth Life of the Queen Mother (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140097672
ISBN-10: 0140097678

Queen Elizabeth A Portrait of the Queen Mother
Queen Elizabeth a Portrait of the Queen Mother (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780312659844
ISBN-10: 0312659849
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

About Time An Aspect of Autobiography
About Time an Aspect of Autobiography (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780385084574
ISBN-10: 0385084579

Villa in Summer
Villa in Summer (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780727801135
ISBN-10: 0727801139

About Time Too 194078
About Time Too 194078 [A Phoenix paperback] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781857990546
ISBN-10: 1857990544

La Torre
La Torre (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788439701286
ISBN-10: 8439701284

Pumpkin Eater
Pumpkin Eater (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9789997411754
ISBN-10: 9997411757
Genre: Literature & Fiction

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