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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 Listened to in audio formatI have the complete box set 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 will enjoy this book African Nights poorer Kings 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 Doctor Who party The actor who goes missing from the An Affair with My Mother panto on the night of a major crime As well as the body cluttering up the health Listened to in audio formatI have the complete box set 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 Peppa Pig people's decide they are' Rumpole gives us his Dot.Homme 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 will enjoy this book

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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 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 day just after Christmas

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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; 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


10 thoughts on “Rumpole At Christmas

  1. says:

    Listened to in audio formatI have the complete box set 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 will enjoy this book


  2. says:

    Never having read seen or heard any Rumpole I had from somewhere acuired a vague intention to investigate further Possibly a vague sense of him representing the comfortable certainties of the second half of the 20th century which for all their flaws I have been missing lately? The only one in my local library was this which was obviously no use to me until December but at that point becomes ideal – I'm a sucker for a Christmas story even in a vein I wouldn't normally tap Still without knowing anything of peak Rumpole it's clear that these late pieces are also minor ones sometimes with a curdled tendency to harrumph at the modern world such as is to be expected when some were first published in the Mail or Express On top of which the obligation to tick off familiar bits of Rumpole ness fine if they're being read over the course of several years can get a bit much once they're all in one book But they still intermittently capture a certain laudable strain of Britishness devious in the pursuit of fair play of which we could use a bit right now ruled as we seem to be by the version which is not only cowardly and evil but not even very good at carrying that off


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    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 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 getting justice then this is a perfect choice


  4. says:

    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 This collection definitely delivers on that simple need I know that I am not alone in feeling that Leo McKern is the definitive Rumpole despite many fine and enjoyable performances of Rumpole on radio by other great actors and to me this collection gives me much Leo as RumpoleYes there are many continuity errors in the stories and one of most annoying is the change to Rumpole’s nickname for Injustice Graves However these are really just annoyances and if you feel that they are so horrendous as to lead you to give this collection poor reviews then I wouldn’t try reading any of the original Sherlock Holmes stories if I was you You are not going to like them Watson’s ever moving injury and the Moriarty brothers’ name sharing antics are far annoying than puzzling over Rumpole’s chambers move from 1 to 4 Euity Court


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    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 jokes in Christmas crackers this reader could not suppress a groan and a smile1 Hilda “You’re on the way to becoming obese ” Rumpole Is that a serious way of saying I’m fat?” 2 Hilda “Minchingham Hall is a health farm Rumpole They’ll make sure there’s less of you by the time you leave” 3 Rumpole “But I don’t need a healthy Christmas I don’t feel ill”


  6. says:

    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 day just after Christmas


  7. says:

    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


  8. says:

    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 humanity and there's even a country house murderApart from the first story which opens 'Rumpole Rests his Case' none of them have appeared in book form before They all appeared in The Strand Magazine and other periodicals such as Woman's Weekly and newspapers


  9. says:

    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


  10. says:

    Rumpole's always good for some humor This is a book of humorous Christmas mystery short stories in which justice is always served Well written and logical yet funny I love Rumpole's sarcastic outlook on life


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