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The Collected Stories of Rumpole

Written by John Mortimer

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

The Collected Stories of Rumpole Synopsis

Horace Rumpole - witty, eloquent, dishevelled and cynical - is one of fiction's best-loved barristers-at-law. In these twenty classic tales, Rumpole battles through the Old Bailey, whether defending various members of an incompetent South London crime family, taking on haute-cuisine chefs and showfolk or mocking the pomposity of his own profession, all the while being held in check by his wife, Hilda: the wonderful, fearsome She Who Must Be Obeyed. These collected stories, in Penguin Modern Classics for the first time, are a definitive introduction to one of the wisest and wittiest characters in British comic writing and a reminder of what justice should really be about. With a new introduction by Sam Leith, former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph and contributor to the Evening Standard, Guardian and Spectator.

The Collected Stories of Rumpole Press Reviews

The best mock heroic fatty since Falstaff -- Alan Coren Rumpole is simply one of the great fictional characters of modern English literature -- Marcel Berlin * Sunday Times * I thank Heaven for small mercies. The first of these is Rumpole -- Clive James

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141198293
Publication date: 4th April 2013
Author: John Mortimer
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 656 pages

About John Mortimer

Sir John Mortimer was a novelist, playwright and barrister. The first book featuring his most famous character, Horace Rumpole, was published by Penguin in 1980, and Mortimer went on to publish a dozen collections of Rumpole stories as well as a handful of novels, culminating in 2007 in RUMPOLE MISBEHAVES. He was knighted in 1998 for his services to the arts and died in January 2009.

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