John Mortimer: Rumpole At Christmas



Of Rumpole of The Bailey on DVD which I have watched again and again I associate Rumpole with the late actor Leo Mckern but Bill Wallis narration did not disappointRumpole at Christmas comprises of two long stories and 3 bite sized stories If you are expecting a hard hitting legal thriller you will be disappointed in this book Rumpole is a British defence barrister whose chambers are at Euity Court in the shadows of the Old Bailey Rumpole thinks no one is guilty until 12 good minded people s decide they are Rumpole gives us his pithy observations about his clients and his enemy Justice Graves Gravestone During his cases at the Old Bailey he likes a glass of Chateau Thames Embankment from Pumaroys wine barThe old favourites appear in this book his long suffering wife Hilda She who must be obeyed Claude Erskine Browne C and his wife Justice Erskine Browne otherwise known as PorshaI think all Rumpole fans w I waited to Christmas Eve to read this collection for fairly obvious reasons and it hasn t disappointed While a few of the stories are on the flimsy side both in size and in plot they all exude what many of us really really want which is simply our beloved Rumpole a witty imp resigned to everything around him except every defendant s right to a decent defence Thi Any Rumpole story is delightful even these that I have read and reread in other books Thank you John Mortimer for the smiles and many hours of entertainment and another glass of Chateau Thames Embankment please Rumpole s always good for some humor This is a book of humorous Christmas mystery short stories in which ustice is always served Well written and logical yet funny I love Rumpole s sarcastic outlook on lif. Poned Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets has recently been republished in Penguin Classics together with Clinging to the Wreckage and his play A Voyage round My Father His most famous creation was the barrister Horace Rumpole who featured in four novels and around eighty short stories His books in Penguin include The Anti social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole; The Collected Stories of Rumpole; The First Rumpole Omnibus; Rumpole and the Angel of Death; Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders; Rumpole and the Primrose Path; Rumpole and the Reign of Terror; Rumpole and the Younger Generation;.

Day ust after Christmas I m undertaking a Christmas reading challenge as you do Thankfully it s so hot this weekend that all I can do is hide in air conditioning and read These short stories are deeply consoling I enjoy reading about Rumpole and She Who Must be Obeyed rubbing up against each other like sandpaper The ritual exchange of lavendar water and ties the nicknaming of odious work colleagues the eternal optimism of the criminal class all are succour to the world weary Never having read seen or heard any Rumpole I had from somewhere acuired a vague intention to investigate further Possibly a John Mortimer had a wonderful talent for writing short stories Rumpole owns his irrepressible zest and poise to word perfect timing and the assurance of knowing that it s best not to take life too seriouslyIn this volume my favourite story is Rumpole and the Health Farm Murder It says something to the credit of Mortimer that he was able to inflict an out and out predictable plot on his reader yet get away with that because he executed the humour with aplomb even delivering a copious number old chestnuts In exactly the same manner as the okes in Christmas crackers this reader could not suppress a groan and a smile1 Hilda You re on the way to becoming obese Rumpole Is It s Rumpole so there s an inevitable familiarity to the style The opening story has the characteristic pair of stories that turn on the same concept Rumpole and the Christmas Break has than an echo of Rumpole at Sea But the stories do read well and of course have the kind of positive messages suitable for Christmas consumption blackmail and theft expose hum Listened to in audio formatI have the complete box set. Farm where the great barrister is gloomily restricted to a diet of yak's milk and steamed spinach to please She Who Must Be ObeyedThese seven wonderful Rumpole stories show the great man at his sharpest wittiest and best Readers of Sherlock Holmes PD James and PG Wodehouse will love this book'One of the great comic creations of modern times' Evening Standard'There is a truth in Rumpole that is told with brilliance and grace' Daily Telegraph'Rumpole remains and absolute delight' The Times Sir John Mortimer was a barrister playwright and novelist His fictional political trilogy of Paradise Post.

If you are looking for a bit of humour tales that have an outcome that involves great insight into human character and heavy doses of coincidence and a bit of humbug then this is a great book to consume against the backdrop of tinsel and fairy lightsThis collection brings together a series of seven yuletide themed stories that have not been collected together like this before Rumpole is the old but wise barrister who manages to win cases despite most of the legal establishment being against him She who must be obeyed his wife Hilda provides light relief and bosses the old boy around when he is not in the Old BaileyOver the course of the stories Rumpole manages to get his clients off on lighter charges solve a murder and spend one Christmas break with a Sequins and Spurs judge he can t standThere is some repetition that perhaps could have been edited out given that by the seventh story you know all about how the Rumpole s spend Christmas and how Hilda gets lavender water each and every year But once you get past that repetitive scene setting theses stories which have a recent feel about them thanks to topical references to the internet etc do take hold of youIf you fancy buying a Christmas book at this time of year and are open to spending time with an aging and outwardly rude barrister who has a heart of gold and a flair for solving crimes and gettingustice then this is a perfect choice When you crave some light but not brainless reading there is nothing better than Rumpole It s utterly predictable in the best possible way And if you watched all the TV versions once upon a time as I did you can even hear Leon McKern s grumbly voice speaking Rumpole s lines Perfect reading for a hibernating. Rumpole at Christmas the hilarious festive stories of John Mortimer's greatest character'Without Rumpole the world would be a poorer place' Daily MailHorace Rumpole is not overfond of the rituals of Christmas turkey tinsel and the like But happily the festive season is not one respected by the criminal fraternity; meaning that celebrations in the Rumpole household are freuently disturbed in most welcome waysThere's the suspicious Father Christmas at Euity's Court's festive party The actor who goes missing from the panto on the night of a major crime As well as the body cluttering up the health.

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John Clifford Mortimer was 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 John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998SeriesRumpole