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The Second Rumpole Omnibus: Rumpole for the Defence;Rumpole and the Golden Thread; Rumpole's Last Case: 2nd Paperback – 31 Mar 1988

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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: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,916 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Giannakenas on 19 Oct. 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2015
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This omnibus edition contains 'Rumpole for the Defence', Rumpole and the Golden Thread' and Rumpole's Last Case'. This is a marvellous collection of short stories and I have read and re-read it many times since it was first published. Rumpole is as ever on good form with various fallings out with 'She Who Must be Obeyed' - AKA Hilda Rumpole and plenty of disagreements with judges, especially with Judge Bullingham.

Rumpole is always in search of the truth and sees possible defences where other people may only see a guilty plea. There are some of my favourite stories in this collection including 'Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail' - which shows Rumpole dealing with a crime which he prefers not to touch if he can avoid it and 'Rumpole and the Dear Departed' in which he receives his instructions from beyond the grave.

I also particularly like 'Rumpole and the Genuine Article' in which the art world comes in for some scorn, and 'Rumpole and the Old Boy Net' which ridicules the idea that everyone from the same school should stick together in later life. 'Rumpole and the Last Resort' is priceless and shows Rumpole getting round the convention which stops barristers suing for unpaid fees.

Of the third selection in this volume I particularly enjoy 'Rumpole and the Official Secret' in which his brief is delivered in a safe and involves the number of biscuits consumed by Ministry staff. 'Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim' is a sober and thought provoking story which examines the question of loyalty and how far people will go to uphold it.

Many of the stories in this volume will make you smile but others do raise some disturbing questions and will cause the reader to think more deeply about the law and justice.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Smyth on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wood pigeon on 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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By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2015
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Another collection of superbly written stories about the Old Bailey Hack, concentrating on Rumpole's seemingly relentless inability to get ahead. Back from retirement, under yet another safe pair of hands as Head of Chambers who has not half the wit or charm of our protagonist, Rumpole works his way up the the ironically titled "...Last Case." Can this be the end for Rumpole? You'll have to read it to find out, but you will not regret having to read these tales from the courthouse which are never less than entertaining if not actually instructive on the vagaries of life, law and She Who Must Be Obeyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony on 9 Dec. 2013
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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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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 a lawyer's life!
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