- Series: Rumpole
- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Omnibus Ed edition (January 3, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014006768X
- ISBN-13: 978-0140067682
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The First Rumpole Omnibus Paperback – January 3, 1984
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From the Back Cover
Who rose to enduring fame on Blood and Typewriters, told the pregnant Portia of the Chambers it would come out in the end, advised Guthrie Featherstone, Q.C., to adopt a more judicial attitude, returned in the tender gloaming of each evening-via Pommeroy's and a glass of Chateau Fleet Street- to She Who Must Be Obeyed? The answer is Horace Rumpole whose legal triumphs, plundering stories into the Oxford Book of English Verse and less-than-salubrious hat are celebrated here in this first omnibus edition.
About the Author
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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I got the DVD from the Library to see what the TV production was like, but took it back after the first story. The video was not to my liking, but the book certainly was. I highly recommend this book, the short stories make it easy and enjoyable.
I liked it because the first two books in the Omnibus are more like a collection of short stories. All of them are self contained even though they build on one another through reference to the story before it. If you really don't like a story you can move on to the next and won't miss a thing. The third book is more like a traditional novel albeit it short.
The bottom line is that these are all very enjoyable and entertaining stories without all the gratuitous sex and violence you get in modern mysteries and thrillers. Even as "legal thrillers" or whatever the genre is, Rumpole is pretty tame. Still, he takes up for the underdog and stands by his principles when others are willing to leave theirs at the door.
I may take a break from Rumpole but I can see a time when I'll pick up the Second Rumpole Omnibus or another Rumpole book.
Rumpole is the lovable defender of the average man and foe to all stick-in-the-muds. His motto "Never plead guilty." It could just as well be comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Hilarious, warm, human, touching, self-effacing and ever-ready to pierce the pompous gasbag - that's Rumpole of the Bailey. Start with the First Rumpole Omnibus and work your way through the rest.
Guaranteed to tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.
Since Rumpole is a barrister we get to hear about the cases he undertakes (or the cases he's had in the past). They run the spectrum from petty theft to rape. Because of this be aware that while there is no explicit or graphic violence or sexual content, there are times references to them, as you'd expect from the life and experiences of a barrister who has had to address these issues in court.