Penelope Mortimer

Penelope Mortimer

Penelope Mortimer

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

Early life

She was born in Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, the younger child of an Anglican clergyman, who had lost his faith and used the parish magazine to celebrate the Soviet persecution of the Russian church.Peter Guttridge, Anna Pavord The Independent, 23 October 1999, as reproduced on the Find Articles website Her father frequently changed his parish, so, consequently, she attended numerous schools. She left University College, London,Giles Gordon The Guardian, 22 October 1999. Retrieved on 17 January 2009.


She married Charles Dimont, a journalist, in 1937, including the actress Caroline Mortimer, and 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...
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