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This review is from: Forever Rumpole: The Best of the Rumpole Stories (Hardcover)
This 2011 anthology is the second to be published since the author's death. Unlike 2009's "Rumpole at Christmas", however, nearly all of this material has been published in book form before. In fact this book is really just an expanded version of the 1993 anthology "The Best of Rumpole" and includes the same introduction that Mortimer wrote for that volume. So what does this new book have to offer?
1. There is a nice introduction by Ann Mallalieu reminiscing about about her long friendship with the author and their time together at the Bar.
2. Seven stories have been added drawn from the various Rumpole books published after 1993.
3. ABOVE ALL, There is a six-page fragment at the end that was to be the start of a Rumpole story which Mortimer was forced to abandon when he became terminally ill. This really is the book's main selling point, and it is actually a well-polished piece with some funny bits that are vintage Rumpole.
Veteran Rumpole readers, though, will already be familliar with 95% of this book's contents and probably consider the price much too steep, which it is. Many, therefore, may prefer to order this book in electronic format or simply wait for the paperback edition. To be brutally honest, however, if you are only interested in the new bits, you can just pop into your local bookstore and easily read the last few pages under the guise of browsing.