A Rumpole Christmas

A Rumpole Christmas

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"Rumpole is one of the immortals of mystery fiction."
-"San Francisco Chronicle"
Of the late Sir John Mortimer's many beloved characters, it is widely agreed that Horace Rumpole was his greatest fictional creation. Here, collected in book form for the first time, are five delightful tales that capture the beleagured barrister at his grumpy, yet warm-hearted best.
Rumpole isn't particularly fond of Christmas Day-he finds it has a horrible habit of dragging on as She Who Must Be Obeyed leads him through the usual rituals. But at least the criminal fraternity rarely takes a holiday. Whether it's a suspicious Father Christmas, or an unseasonably nasty murder trial, there's always something wonderfully unlawful to liven up Rumpole's dull holiday plans.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 161 pages
  • 126 x 178 x 14mm | 117.93g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0143117912
  • 9780143117919
  • 398,582

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About John Mortimer

John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited." He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.
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511 ratings
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Prospective purchasers should be aware that this volume contains five Rumpole stories, all of which are present in another Rumpole book, "Rumpole at Christmas" which I purchased before buying "A Rumpole Christmas" over the net in the belief that these volumes contained entirely separate material. As the Acknowledgments Page of A Rumpole Christmas discloses, the five stories, Rumpole and Father Christmas, Rumpole's Slimmed-Down Christmas (previously published as Rumpole and the Health Farm Murder), Rumpole and the Boy, Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces, and Rumpole and the Christmas Break have been previously published elsewhere. These five are among the seven found in Rumpole at Christmas. My advice: Buying both books is unnecessary.show more
by Geoff Walker
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