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Rumpole Rests His Case Paperback – 4 Jul 2002

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Product details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2015
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Horace Rumpole has an encyclopaedic memory of his old cases and inevitably he comes across people he has defended from time to time. In the first story - Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces - two people he has come across in the past have cause to regret meeting his again. I particularly enjoyed Rumpole and the Camberwell Carrot in which Phillida Erskine-Brown finds an idol has feet of clay.

I recall reading the last story in this book when it was first published and wondering whether the last story - Rumpole Rests His Case was actually going to be his last ever appearance. I thought his final speech to the 'jury' in that story was brilliant considering he had so little hard evidence to go on.

Once again Rumpole displays his knowledge of human nature, his thirst for justice and his disinclination ever to plead guilty whatever the circumstances and never ever to prosecute. This is an entertaining collection of stories exposing the follies and foible of the great and the good and yet still making some serious points about the stupidity of the law at times. I have re-read the book many times and it loses none of its appeal.
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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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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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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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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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