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Rumpole Rests His Case [Hardcover]

Sir John Mortimer
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1 Nov 2001
Horace Rumpole, one of the finest barristers ever to defend a client, weaves his way elegantly among the intricacies of the courtroom and the human heart, only to find that advancing years catch up with even the most indomitable spirit.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (1 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670910856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670910854
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,714 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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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 (PARADISE POSTPONED, TITMUSS REGAINED and THE SOUND OF TRUMPETS) featuring Leslie Titmuss - a character as brilliant as Rumpole. THE SUMMER OF A DORMOUSE was a bestseller in 2000. John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please No, Not Yet Mr Rumpole! 31 Jan 2002
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I first became a fan of Horace Rumpole courtesy of my countryman Leo McKern's portrayal of him in the television series. Later, another friend gave me a collection of Rumpole's stories, which I could not put down. It was with this in mind that I bought Mortimer's latest Rumpolian offering.
In short, Mortimer ensures that Rumpole's practice is never dull. I loved it.
Rumpy is up to his usual best. He charmingly remembers a former client made good in order to convince that client to donate to a charitable project without hesitation.
He is a friend to Claude Esrkine-Brown QC, after poor Claude is left by the former Portia of No 3 equity Court, and latterly Her Honour, Mrs Phillida Erskine-Brown QC for a romance with Rumpole's right wing politician client.
Horace defends a devout religious man who is alleged to have buried his new age wife under the floorboards some time back in the Age of Aquarius; Fixes on a plan to convince Soapy Sam Ballard, Head of Chambers, that Rumpole's small cigars should be allowed in Chambers; Bears the marital bliss presented to him by She Who Must Be Obeyed and recounts some other Rumpole magic amidst a supporting cast that any Rumpole fan will recall and enjoy.
When Rumpole gives perhaps his final oration to his jury, you might ask yourself: is this Rumpole's farewell?
Please No, Not Yet Mr Rumpole!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Members of the Jury... 8 Nov 2001
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The most recent entry in John Mortimer's long-running "Rumpole of the Bailey" series features seven short stories. There's a slightly elegiac tone this time around--especially in the title story, which begins with Rumpole suffering a heart attack in court and ends on a note of resigned uncertainty. Indeed, Mortimer uses the running conflicts between youth and age, past and present, as the unifying themes in this collection: older characters conspire against younger ones, long-lost figures from days of youth come back to visit, and buried crimes from decades past return to light. Most amusingly, Samuel "Soapy Sam" Ballard turns out to have had a most unexpected previous life; Rumpole's attempt to blackmail him with it actually winds up liberating him just a wee bit.
As always, the stories take on topical issues: asylum seekers, e-mail stalking, multiculturalism, the hang-'em high crowd, shooting in self-defense ("Rumpole Rests His Case" seems rather indebted to a controversial real-life case), and anti-smoking activists. And as always, Rumpole comes out firmly on the side of the underdog--and on the side of universal justice. ("Rumpole and the Asylum Seekers" takes a good thwack at cultural relativism.)
Mortimer has not varied his formula here. Each story has a criminal case and a "private life" parallel, and the solution to one generally dovetails with the solution to the other. Unfortunately, the collection gets off to a rather bad start with the weak "Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces," in which the parallels never come together adequately; as a result, the story reads like the equivalent of a run-on sentence. After that, however, things improve markedly, with some bona fide laugh-out-loud moments. This is not the best of the Rumpole collections, but reading it is certainly an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form 19 Nov 2001
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Bravo to John Mortimer . Rumpole is back on form bigstyle with a number of new stories with a contemporary edge . This is the best collection of new stories for a long while - although I was surprised to see HHJ Bullingham reappear having been told that he had retired long ago in an earlier collection .
All in all however an absolute treat .
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