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Sir John Mortimer
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6 Sep 2010

Pantos, puds and a Father Christmas who isn't quite what he seems to be...

Rumpole isn't particularly fond of Christmas - time has a horrible habit of hanging heavily on the hands as the usual rituals are observed: exchanging presents with She Who Must Be Obeyed (a tie for him; lavender water for her) before settling down round the fire at Froxbury Mansions for a traditional turkey with all the trimmings and a bottle of Chateau Thames Embankment, then the Queen's Speech and a glass of port. But at least the criminal fraternity never rests, and many is the time Rumpole's 'celebrations' have been rudely interrupted. In these seven Christmas stories, previously published only in magazines, the call of justice (and a bit of excitement) leads Rumpole as far afield as a health farm in Norfolk and as near to home as a pantomime at the Tufnell Park Empire.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Chivers; Large type edition edition (6 Sep 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1408491931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408491935
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,805,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir John Mortimer was a playwright, novelist and former practising barrister. During the war he worked with the Crown Film Unit and published a number of novels, before turning to theatre. He wrote many film scripts, and plays both for radio and television, including A Voyage Round My Father, the Rumpole plays, which won him the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited.

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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Sir John Mortimer published his first collection of Rumpole stories in Penguin in 1978. By the time he died in January 2009, leaving behind 4000 words of a recently begun Rumpole novel, the character of Horace Rumpole had become his most famous fictional creation. These seven Rumpole Christmas stories were originally commissioned by a number of British and American magazines, and are here published in book form for the first time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Stocking Stuffer 2 Oct 2009
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The late Sir John Mortimer left behind a number of Rumpole stories first published in magazines and newspapers and/or broadcast on radio which were not published in book form during his life. Several of these stories have been gathered here in what must be considered a must-read for all Rumpoleans.

Two notes of caution:
1) Despite what the dust-jacket says about absolutely none of these stories ever before appearing in book form, the lead story in this collection also appeared as the lead story in the 2001 collection Rumpole Rests His Case. Otherwise, these stories are indeed all "fresh" to book form.

2) As with other late-vintage Rumpole stories, many of the story-line details from the Rumpole of the television years have been ignored or forgotten. Readers who can look past these inconsistencies should enjoy these tales.

There remain as yet a handfull of Rumpole stories still not collected in any book. Perhaps the publisher can bring these together as one further last treat from the master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Rumpole continues to delight 5 Nov 2009
Do your bit if you must to keep these climate change and global warming miseries happy but never, but never, give up reading books. Rumpole is real, Rumpole equates with justice of which there is little about but above all Rumpole is fun. If there is one way to enjoy life it is this - read John Mortimer's accounts of Rumpole and it will inspire you to continue to hope in human nature. Life is the greatest gift we have and Rumpole enjoys it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent and lazy - from a Rumpole fanatic 28 Oct 2010
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Of the many joys of the 'original' Rumpole stories - by which I mean the ones written from the seven televised series and two 'specials' - the numerous references to characters and events in previous stories gave the reader a feeling of continuity. The characters were fully formed and, in the readers' mind, really lived.

Unfortunately, this continuity was not kept up in later years in the single stories usually published in time for Christmas. And, as a devoted Rumpole fan, I noticed, and felt let down. This collection of short stories is full of such 'inconsistencies', as the reviewer Mr Freeman describes them.

For example: since the very beginning Rumpole's Chambers have resided at 1 Equity Court. In two of these stories, they seemed to have upped sticks and moved along to number 4. In "Rumpole and the Christmas Break", Hilda meets Mr Justice Graves for the first time, having apparently forgotten that she once spent a considerable amount of time with him on a cruise in "Rumpole at Sea". And indeed, Rumpole himself, who tells us that he knows Graves "...only as The Old Gravestone", has apparently forgotten what we, the readers, would never forget - that the man was always habitually referred to as "Mr Injustice Graves". In "Rumpole and the Millennium Bug" (1999) Henry is no longer the clerk; in "Rumpole and the Christmas Party" (2004) he has been reinstated to his position. In two consecutive stories Dodo Mackintosh lives first in Devon, then in Cornwall. Not impossible, I suppose, but without any supporting information, inconsistent.

Mortimer's unofficial biographer described his subject as lazy, and I regret to say that I agree with him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for reading after the turkey 11 Dec 2009
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This little book is a collection of short stories which first appeared in various publications and all feature Rumpole dealing with the festive season with more or less success. The first story appeared in the book 'Rumpole Rests His Case' though all the rest, as the description says, have never appeared in book form. I think one of my favourites is the one set in a Health Farm to which Rumpole has been dragged by Hilda - who soon has no problem with eating at the local pub after someone is found dead in the sauna.

I loved it and it is a worthy addition to any collection of Rumpole books. If you haven't come across Rumpole before this book would be a good place to start. For a Rumpole fan this makes an indispensable Christmas present. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long live rumpole! 19 Nov 2009
john mortimer and leo mckern may no longer be with us but the timeless legend that is rumpole lives on in this great collection of stories. Reading a rumpole book is just as pleasurable as watching him on dvd. Im also led to believe there is more unreleased stories to follow. This is well worth a purchase for rumpole fans such as myself. Long live rumpole
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me... 30 May 2014
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Format:Kindle Edition
The seven stories in this collection have all been published before in magazines but are brought together here for the first time in, I suppose, a rather cynical attempt to cash in on the Christmas market. As I've never read any Rumpole stories before I can't judge whether these are better or worse than usual. I imagine they will appear in many a Christmas stocking and no doubt bring a lot of pleasure to Rumpole fans. However, they aren't good enough to convert me, and I looked in vain for John Mortimer's famed wit and humour. They didn't even raise a smile, let alone a laugh. P.D. James is quoted on the cover as saying "Rumpole, like Jeeves and Sherlock Holmes, is immortal". Perhaps so - but then P.G.Wodehouse never makes me laugh either nor do I find Sherlock Holmes at all entertaining.
I am not the target readership for this collection and it would be unfair to be too dismissive. I hope Mortimer fans enjoy this essentially harmless little book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More stories of the wonderful Mr Rumpole
I love all the Rumpole stories. There are so wonderful. It is sad that there will be no more. Read them all there are great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing!
Wonderfully skilful writing by John Mortimer both in and out of the courtroom - I will be buying all the Rumpole books
Published 6 months ago by Marilyn Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Thoroughly enjoyed it -but then I love anything written by John Mortimer.
Bit expensive but I treat myself occasionally.
Published 14 months ago by broadway baby1944
5.0 out of 5 stars Festive fun with Rumpole!
Rumpole is a delightful read at any time of the year, however, the `Rumpole at Christmas' collection of stories are a firm favourite. Read more
Published 16 months ago by shelia
3.0 out of 5 stars rumpole at christmas
some of the stories I have read before ,but still a very good read . check all contents before you buy,
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by twentybore
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This is a Christmas present, so I cannot comment a great deal, as I have not opened. The book arrived well on time, and appears in excellent condition.
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Ally
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Rumpole at Christmas = A Rumpole Christmas
This set of excellent Mortimer stories about Rumpole during the festive season is an entertaining read/listen. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2011 by Captain Wow
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Cracker
Just the ticket for settling down with after a feed of turkey and pud. Turn off the telly, put your Christmas-stockinged feet up and let Rumpole entertain you for a few relaxing... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by Mr. N. P. Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars What is the Difference?
Just acquired and read this lovely book. It contains the following stories:

Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces
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Published on 11 Dec 2009 by Frank Moyes
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