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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New edition edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141003723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141003726
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Mortimer is a novelist, playwright and former practising barrister. Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels featuring Leslie Titmuss - a character as brilliant as Rumpole. His most recent book, THE SUMMER OF A DORMOUSE, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamnjus on 28 Dec 2013
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Mortimer will always be at the top of the bookshelf! Highly recommended. You cannot appreciate more, the humour of John Mortimer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shelia on 25 Aug 2012
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Rumpole cleverly reflects on the realities of law and life, especially when they cross over. Personally I like and remember the first story the most; which is Rumpole and the old familiar faces. We have all had moments when we bump into an old face that we wish we hadn't, but for Rumpole this is likely to be a previous client. Which can only mean two things; a satisfied client or one that has just finished serving time.

John Mortimer personalises Rumpole very well and his analysis on situations as they are unfolding is comedic. Though Rumpole is an old bailey hack, it is his personal relationships which are most interesting and humorous. I found this to be a fun train read.
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Read pretty much all of the Rumpole series many years ago, so when I saw this I couldn't resist. Surprising how dated it felt, but not such a bad thing. I was looking for some easy reading, laced with gentle humour, with a break from the profanity's that litter modern literature, and I was not disappointed. Absolutely delightful.
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The tales of such an author will always continue to maintain interesting and jovial reading

The settings and charactars portraid are brought to mind in sduch a manner that one is encrossed to live the personnal and situation.
From the social life of all parties. to the realistic situation brought to live on dubious charactors as well as the funny side of the judiciary involved.

Well written and can br brought to life at any time in ones own situation. A must to keep and continue to enjoy for the future days.
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vintage Rumpole 1 Dec 2002
By Tom Munro - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It seems strange that Rumpole of the Bailey has now been going for some 30 years and the actor who played him so perfectly has passed away just recently. John Mortimer the author is apparently now 80.
The early books were tinged with a certain sadness, placing Rumpole as a man past his time, a disappointment to his wife and someone who others were trying to ease into retirement. Yet Rumpole survived as an old Bailey hack, resiting all attempts to move him out of chambers.
As time has gone by these side plots, although existing have receded into the background and Rumpole has over time become the master of the court room and the one ethical figure in a modern world.
Mortimers strengths are that he has spent a lifetime in the courts and writes about it with a certain realism and eye for its absurdities. He is also a skilled story teller and even the shortest of the stories in any of his books with have multiple themes, plot twists and characters who spring from life.
This latest lot of stories does not show the slightest diminution of Mortimers power as a story teller despite the fact that he must have written them as a 78 year old. Each story is not only complete in itself as a little drama but it is also a picture of England under new labour. Stories feature the problems faced by asylum seekers, harassment by email and the struggle of the conservative party to retain some relevance by launching into a bit of populism.
It is a book that once you open, you will not put down and you will finish it in a couple of hours. What a shame that Leo McKern is no longer able to bring to the screen such gems.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Rumpole Redivivus 6 Dec 2002
By George R Dekle - Published on
Format: Audio Cassette
Horace Rumpole, a somewhat paunchy, somewhat seedy junior barrister, made his American debut ("Rumpole of the Bailey") in the 1970's when I was a relatively inexperienced prosecutor. What was thought to be his last appearance in print ("Rumpole and the Angel of Death") came in the 1990's when I was a relatively battle-scarred prosecutor. Although Rumpole prosecuted only once during his long career, I always felt a kinship to this cigar smoking, poetry spouting barrister who loved his profession so passionately. Through ten individual volumes (nine of which were collected into "Rumpole Omnibuses") and almost sixty stories, Rumpole strove mightily on behalf of the poor and oppressed, made pungent observations on the human condition and the trial of criminal cases, and drank gallons of cheap wine at Pomeroy's Wine Bar.
Rumpole's greatest charm came from his on-the-money observations about life of a journeyman trial lawyer. Not as successful as he could have been, not as ambitious as he should have been, Rumpole proved an enigma to his fellow barristers and his wife, Hilda ("She Who Must Be Obeyed").
You can imagine my pleasure to discover that Mortimer had resurrected Rumpole for one more round of trials down at the Old Bailey. All previous Rumpole opuses have been televised by the BBC (and later on PBS) with Leo McKern starring as Rumpole. The shows have been every bit as good as the stories. There will be no televising of these stories, however, as McKern passed away recently. Mortimer wrote the Rumpole character for McKern, and no one else could ever portray Rumpole half as well.
Rumpole, however, is beginning to show his age. Mortimer's stories are just as well written as in the previous stories, but it is apparent that Rumpole's abilities are beginning to wane. He's not quite as sharp as he once was. He's not quite as able to carry off his Machiavellian manipulations of his fellow lawyers as he once was, and his health is beginning to fail. It was bittersweet to read these latest stories. One must hope that if Mortimer writes any more Rumpole stories, that they will come from Rumpole's as-yet-unchronicled youth. If you, like me, are a Rumpole-aholic, you must add this volume to your collection. If you have no previous experience of Rumpole, try one of the earlier volumes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Welcome back, Rumpole 25 Oct 2002
By F. Behrens - Published on
Format: Audio Cassette
I never thought to see any new Rumpole of the Bailey stories, but it seems that the fecund John Mortimer has come up with yet another seven put out by Viking Press. At the same time, Audio Partners has released a complete reading on 6 audio-tapes. "Rumpole Rests His Case" (61280) features actor Tony Britton and the six stories are as follows.
"Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces" (a fitting title for a "return" tale) concerns another inept robbery by a young member of the Timson clan, a Christmas pantomime, and an ex-con living it up as a gentleman.
"Rumple and the Remembrance of Things Past" somehow and neatly manages to put a framing device of a non-smoking rule in "chambers" around a gruesome major plot of a wife's skeleton found buried in a floor.
"Rumpole and the Asylum Seekers" is a timely tale of refugees escaping an oppressive government and those who make money by betraying them.
"Rumpole and the Camberwell Carrot" is about a flaming affair between the lovely "Portia of the Chambers" and a noted pillar of morality who has more than just clay feet.
"Rumpole and the Actor Laddie" is the shortest Rumpole story ever and the most unsatisfactory, revolving around a ring that might or not be stolen.
"Rumple and the Teenage Werewolf" is another very timely tale about sexual stalking by e-mail. (Here I was sure I knew who the culprit was--it HAD to be!--and was wrong.)
The final tale, "Rumpole Rests His Case" is the most unusual Rumpole story ever. After collapsing at the end of a particularly trying trial, Rumpole spends the story in a hospital bed in which he solves a crime and presents his case--to the other patients! A very touching finale.
Britton lacks that Leo McKern blusteriness that Timothy West had on an earlier Audio Partners set of Rumpole tales, but he is quite good on his own terms. In general, the sparkle seems to have gone out of these Rumpole yarns; but any Rumpole is better than none. I therefore recommend this set without much reservation.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
charming and witty 24 Nov 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a barrister, Horace Rumpole faces the difficult challenges of new age crimes in this delightful anthology with his brain, a cheroot, and a shot of Old Bailey. Horace deals with an aristocratic former blackmailer, an illegal alien fighting exportation that means death, a politician facing ruin due to alleged drug usage and the modern stalker using e-mail as the source of contact. As anyone can see, he defends a series of peculiar clients. However, all is not great for Horace who collapses in the midst of a courtroom, placing him under greater control of his general officer and concerned wife Hilda.
It is hard to believe that six years have passed since the last Rumpole tale, but the myriad of his loyal followers will rejoice that he is as sharp as ever. Horace narrates the tales that are mostly his first person perceptions. Scenes flash by at a rapid rate more so than the typical legal thriller contains which makes for a fast delightful reading experience. Simply put, John Mortimer keeps his superstar charming and witty so hopefully we fans will not have to wait quite as long for his next appearance.
Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The first new volume of Rumpole stories in six years 14 April 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Mortimer brings the first new volume of Rumpole stories in six years, returning the comic British legal defender to modern times with seven new, funny stories of his court appearances. Familiarity with prior Rumpole accounts is not required but will enhance enjoyment of this latest series of episodes.
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