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Forever Rumpole: The Best of the Rumpole Stories Kindle Edition
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Mortimer wrote four volumes of autobiography, including Clinging to the Wreckage and Where There's a Will (2003). His novels include the Leslie Titmuss trilogy, about the rise of an ambitious Tory MP: Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets, and the acclaimed comic novel, Quite Honestly (2005). He also published numerous books featuring his best-loved creation Horace Rumpole, including Rumpole and the Primrose Path (2002) and Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders (2004). All these books are available in Penguin.
Sir John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts. His authorized biography, A Voyage Around John Mortimer, written by Valerie Grove, is also published by Penguin (2007).
Sir John Mortimer passed away on January 16, 2009.
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1. There is a nice introduction by Ann Mallalieu reminiscing about about her long friendship with the author and their time together at the Bar.
2. Seven stories have been added drawn from the various Rumpole books published after 1993.
3. ABOVE ALL, There is a six-page fragment at the end that was to be the start of a Rumpole story which Mortimer was forced to abandon when he became terminally ill. This really is the book's main selling point, and it is actually a well-polished piece with some funny bits that are vintage Rumpole.
Veteran Rumpole readers, though, will already be familliar with 95% of this book's contents and probably consider the price much too steep, which it is. Many, therefore, may prefer to order this book in electronic format or simply wait for the paperback edition. To be brutally honest, however, if you are only interested in the new bits, you can just pop into your local bookstore and easily read the last few pages under the guise of browsing.
Should you ever get the opportunity to listen to Radio 4 Extra's 'Rumpole - with West & Scales, I can assure you that you'll be in a for a 45 minute treat per episode.
That notwithstanding, this is a good compilation of Rumpole stories - you could also title it, 'the best of Rumpole'. It is.
Curiously, the very first book of Mortimer/Rumpole I read was "Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders", which he wrote many years after beginning the Rumpole series. That "case", of course, was the case that made Horace Rumpole's reputation and was often referred to but never explained til that book.
Mortimer was a very clever writer. This group of stories - not quite "short stories", but maybe "novellas" - which I think were printed in the order they were originally written, bring the same on-going characters, Rumpole, "She Who Must be Obeyed", Guthrie Featherstone, Claude Erskine-Brown and his lovely wife, and many others, along in each story as a sort of sense of "continuity". The cases themselves may change, and the minor characters are different in each novella, but the main group of characters remain the same. It's wonderful for a reader to discover "old friends" in new settings.
The only warning I would give about this new book, "Forever Rumpole", is that old fans of the series should check carefully the table of contents to see if they've read the stories. I think some readers might be disappointed to find no new stories - other than the fragment of "Rumpole and the Brave New World", which he was working on at his death in 2009.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an avid fan of Rumple and am looking forward to reading this book asap.Published 15 months ago by Mary Poppins from East London
Very amusing and very clever plots with many twists and turns. All the characters are beautifully brought to life. Easy readingPublished on 23 Sept. 2013 by malchad
Really enjoyed reading it, it was so funny, I recall the re-runs of the TV series and enjoyed them too, but when I read the book, it just made me laugh, was so funny, recommended... Read morePublished on 12 May 2013 by Ms. E. J. Wah
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