By John Mortimer
Who rose to enduring status on Blood and Typewriters, informed the pregnant Portia of the Chambers it's going to pop out after all, prompt Guthrie Featherstone, Q.C., to undertake a extra judicial perspective, back within the soft gloaming of each one evening-via Pommeroy's and a pitcher of castle Fleet road- to She Who has to be Obeyed? the answer's Horace Rumpole whose felony triumphs, plundering tales into the Oxford ebook of English Verse and less-than-salubrious hat are celebrated right here during this first omnibus version.
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This appealed to Daddy, he gave one of his bleak smiles which amount to no more than a brief withdrawal of lips from the dentures. ’ he said. ‘Very sad that. ’ That really good family, the Timsons, was out in force and waiting outside Number i Court by the time I had got on the fancy dress, yellowing horse-hair wig, gown become more than a trifle tattered over the years, and bands round the neck that Albert ought to have sent to the laundry after last week’s death by dangerous driving. As I looked at the Timson clan assembled, I thought the best thing about them was the amount of work of a criminal nature they had brought into Chambers.
His novels include Summer’s Lease, Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained (which have been made into successful television series), Charade, Dunster, Felix in the Underworld and The Sound of Trumpets. Many of his books are published by Penguin. Sir John lives with his wife and their youngest daughter in what was once his fathers house in the Chilterns. He received a knighthood for his services to the arts in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. com Rumpole of the Bailey first published 1978 Copyright © Advanpress Ltd, 1978 The Trials of Rumpole first published 1979 Copyright © Advanpress Ltd, 1979 Rumpole’s Return first published 1980 Copyright © Advanpress Ltd, 1980 This collection first published 1983 40 Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser ISBN: 978-0-14-192800-5 Contents Rumpole of the Bailey Rumpole and the Younger Generation Rumpole and the Alternative Society Rumpole and the Honourable Member Rumpole and the Married Lady Rumpole and the Learned Friends Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade The Trials of Rumpole Rumpole and the Man of God Rumpole and the Showfolk Rumpole and the Fascist Beast Rumpole and the Case of Identity Rumpole and the Course of True Love Rumpole and the Age for Retirement Rumpole’s Return Rumpole of the Bailey For Irene Shubik Rumpole and the Younger Generation I, Horace Rumpole, barrister at law, 68 next birthday, Old Bailey Hack, husband to Mrs Hilda Rumpole (known to me only as She Who Must Be Obeyed) and father to Nicholas Rumpole (lecturer in social studies at the University of Baltimore, I have always been extremely proud of Nick); I, who have a mind full of old murders, legal anecdotes and memorable fragments of the Oxford Book of English Verse (Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s edition) together with a dependable knowledge of bloodstains, blood groups, fingerprints, and forgery by typewriter; I, who am now the oldest member of my Chambers, take up my pen at this advanced age during a lull in business (there’s not much crime about, all the best villains seem to be off on holiday in the Costa Brava), in order to write my reconstructions of some of my recent triumphs (including a number of recent disasters) in the Courts of Law, hoping thereby to turn a bob or two which won’t be immediately grabbed by the taxman, or my clerk Henry, or by She Who Must Be Obeyed, and perhaps give some sort of entertainment to those who, like myself, have found in British justice a life-long subject of harmless fun.
Little Jim knitted his brows and came out with his contribution. ‘Well. ’ ‘That’s an interesting defence. ’ Jim looked at me accusingly, as at an insensitive visitor to a garden who has failed to notice the remarkable display of gladioli. ‘Oh, yes. ’ I’m afraid I didn’t sound overwhelmed with enthusiasm. ’ Mr Bernard had his invaluable file open and was reading from that less-than-inspiring document, our Notice of Alibi. 30. m. my Uncle Den came home from work accompanied by my Uncle Cyril. m.
The First Rumpole Omnibus by John Mortimer