John Mortimer (1923-2009) was a novelist, playwright and barrister. Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels (Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained, and The Sound of Trumpets) featuring Leslie Titmuss. Sir John received a CBE in 1986 and a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998. Sam Leith is the former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph, and the author of the novels The Coincidence Engine and Daddy, is Timmy in Heaven Now? He writes regularly for the Evening Standard, Guardian, and Spectator.