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The Second Rumpole Omnibus: Rumpole for the Defence;Rumpole and the Golden Thread; Rumpole's Last Case: 2nd [Paperback]

John Mortimer
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31 Mar 1988
Horace Rumpole turns down yet another invitation to exchange the joys and sorrows of life as an Old Bailey hack for the delights of the sunshine state, where Senior Citizens loll on beaches and the sarcastic tones of the Mad Bull (Judge Roger Bullingham) are heard no more. He settles instead for the beaded bubbles of Chateau Pommeroy’s ordinary claret, the domestic chill emanating from She Who Must Be Obeyed, and his role ‘extraordinaire’ as Defender of the Faith: ‘Never plead guilty’.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (31 Mar 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140089586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140089585
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,266 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 (Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets) featuring Leslie Titmuss. Sir John received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What is there to say? 19 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
What is there to say about ANY of Mortimer's "Rumpole books"?

How can anyone not possibly enjoy reading of Horace Rumpole's adventures and misadventures? Can anyone find fault with a writer who does justice to whatever educational system laid the foundations for his excellent use of the English language (I am a non-native speaker). Excellent use of appropriate vocabulary helps the reader to experience Rumpole rather than just read about his iconoclastic capers.

But let the reader be warned! Reading any one of the Rumpole books is to flirt with an incurable addiction! Even when one acquires and reads the complete series there follow many periods of re-reading. And equally enjoyable re-reading it is too - I should know, I started reading Rumpole almost three decades ago and still do so from time to time :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligeble and funny entertainment 7 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Rumpole does is again. A good collection of stories told by an experienced narrator. Funny to the right extend, not too hilarious. Wise, intelligent but above all human solutions for the problems created by the errors of judgement of kings and servants, judges and barristors, collegues and friends alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 28 Dec 2013
By Tamnjus
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Mortimer will always be at the top of the bookshelf! Highly recommended. You cannot appreciate more, the humour of a lawyer's life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories to never tire off 9 Dec 2013
By Tony
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Got the flu? Want a light and amusing read? Need to ease the mind at the end of a busy day? Rumpole's one option - a great one at that
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased... 2 Aug 2013
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The Rumpole books are a brilliant read. Easy to read, but for the youngsters amonst you (the under 40s) you may need a reference book and/or dictionary for some of the references as it is a little historical in places. But this adds to the storyline and it's nice to reminisce about things we'd forgotten all about. WARNING! Un-put-downable once opened!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RUMPOLE RULES 4 July 2013
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Mortimer's great gift is his capacity to ring countless variations on the theme of Rumpole's prowess as counsel for the defence in a variety of settings, giving new life to the courthouse drama formula. Rumpole himself is a great creation - clear-eyed about the misdemeanours of some of his clients, robust in standing up to bullying judges, quick to query dodgy police evidence, but somehow rising above it all to indulge in his love of English poetry, Oxford marmalade and the essential virtues of British law. And of course for those of us of a certain age it is now impossible to read these stories without seeing Leo McKern in the starring role. Wonderful holiday reading, but with the capacity to delight in all situations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rumpole Omnibus 2 2 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Superb stories about Rumpole: I have always been a fan of John Mortimer and of Rumpole and his colourless fellow-barristers, especially those three Chambers wives - in descending order of obnoxiousness, Marigold Featherstone, Phillida Erskine-Brown and Hilda Rumpole - in her way, rather sweet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great british character
Published 10 days ago by peter hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot go wrong with John Mortimer
Beautifully crafted tales from a skilled writer. Rumpole is one of the gems of English comedy, and in omnibus form you get more laughs to the pound.
Published 2 months ago by Paul R
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Rumpole
The novelty of the crimes defended by Rumpole and the character sketches of the defendants is superb. The barristers, his wife and staff in chambers are all unique.
Published 16 months ago by Lloyd Trelales
5.0 out of 5 stars Rumpole fan
Rumpole has been a firm favourite for years. To have all these stories under one cover and the added tremendous advantage of a Kindle edition is pure luxury.
Published 24 months ago by Derek Dobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful look at a gentler side of life
The Rumpole books are a must to read if you want a gentle chuckle rather than a great guffaw. Looking at a side of life that may still exist but is certainly not evident by... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by E. Snare
5.0 out of 5 stars good ole rumpo
I have been reading and re-reading Rumpole for 35 years and I never tire of him. John Mortimer's stories have everything and succeed in making the law both interesting and... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by bart4books
1.0 out of 5 stars Yet again kindle the most expensive way to buy
Title says it all really. Not like this is a new bestseller. About time publishers stop being so greedy and gave decent prices on ebooks
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by J. Reade
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