John Mortimer has died, the BBC has announced. He was 85. Mortimer was probably best known as the author of Rumpole of the Bailey. His numerous plays and novels also included A Voyage Around My Father (play) and Paradise Postponed (novel); he also wrote many screenplays. As a barrister, he was noted for his defence of freedom of expression, particularly at cases involving Hubert Selby's novel Last Exit to Brooklyn and the magazine Oz. He won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 British Book Awards.