Forever Rumpole by John Mortimer
The Best of the Rumpole Stories

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Rumpole is more than a cartoon: even his victories can come at a price, and leave him with a heavy heart (which is itself under the shadow of mortality). So, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I give you one of the great champions of the underdog.
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John Mortimer—novelist, playwright, memoirist, and the author of more than eighty Rumpole short stories—will never be forgotten. While still a practicing barrister, Mortimer took up the pen, and the rest is literary history. His stories featuring the cigar-chomping, cheap-wine-tippling Rumpole and his wife, Hilda (aka "She Who Must Be Obeyed"), have justly earned their place in the pantheon of mystery fiction legends, becoming the basis for the very successful television series Rumpole of the Bailey. Bringing fourteen of Rumpole's most entertaining adventures (seven of which were collected in The Best of Rumpole) together with a fragment of a new story, Forever Rumpole proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Rumpole is never less than delightful.
 

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JOHN MORTIMER (1923-2009) is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories, three acclaimed volumes of autobiography, several novels, film scripts, and plays. He was knighted in 1998.ANNA MALLALIEU is a barrister who worked with John Mortimer on many of his most important cases.
 
Published November 10, 2011 by Penguin Books. 529 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Feb 05 2013

Rumpole is more than a cartoon: even his victories can come at a price, and leave him with a heavy heart (which is itself under the shadow of mortality). So, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I give you one of the great champions of the underdog.

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