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Rumpole Rests His Case Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Abridged edition edition (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014180341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141803418
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,746,543 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 (Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets) featuring Leslie Titmuss - a character as brilliant as Rumpole. The Summer of a Dormouse: A Year of Growing Old Disgracefully was a bestseller in 2000. John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.


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By A Customer on 8 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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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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By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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