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Rumpole at Christmas (Rumpole of the Bailey Book 16) (original 2009; udgave 2009)

af John Mortimer (Forfatter)

Serier: Rumpole of the Bailey (Short stories)

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Five holiday tales feature the curmudgeon barrister in "Rumpole and Father Christmas," "Rumpole's Slimmed Down Christmas," "Rumpole and the Boy," "Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces," and "Rumpole and the Christmas Break."
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Titel:Rumpole at Christmas (Rumpole of the Bailey Book 16)
Forfattere:John Mortimer (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin (2009), 146 pages
Samlinger:Library Book
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Nøgleord:mystery fiction, short stories

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A Rumpole Christmas: Stories af John Mortimer (2009)

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I'd read some (but not all) before but enjoyed nevertheless. ( )
  mumoftheanimals | Dec 11, 2020 |
A fun collection of Rumpole short stories. I love John Mortimer's play with language. We got lots of laughs from this. Bill Wallis did a great job reading. ( )
  njcur | Dec 26, 2019 |
If you love Rumpole, these stories won't disappoint. Published after Mortimer's death, they were a great comfort to me because life without Rumpole...is just hard. ( )
1 stem Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
A collection of "Rumpole of the Bailey" stories, all more or less with a Christmas theme. Rumpole's curmudgeonly and rumpled humor is in fine form here, and his relationship with his wife Hilda ("She Who Must Be Obeyed") is somewhat expanded, especially when a judicial nemesis of Rumpole's takes an interest in her. The stories mainly involve She Who Must dragging a reluctant Rumpole around from one ghastly Christmas excursion to another, and yet he manages to find a non-promising murder case to defend. I was saddened to read from the interior notes that John Mortimer died in 2009. No more Rumpole stories. Fortunately, Mortimer was quite prolific, and I believe I've only read about half of his oeuvre. ( )
  burnit99 | Jan 30, 2016 |
December 16, 2018
Just finished my second listen of this earlier this evening and really enjoyed it. I have no idea what it's like EYE-reading Rumpole, having only taken him in via audiobooks so far with narrators I've dearly enjoyed previously who make the experience a big part of the fun. Another part of the fun is that I only became aware of Rumpole via a book friend on another bookish platform called LibraryThing. Paul is originally from England but lives in Malaysia with his Malay wife and always mentions her as "SWMBO" and when asked, is happy to say it's an acronym meaning "She Who Must Be Obeyed" taken from this Rumpole series, which made me of course curious to discover the hapless barrister who talks of his wife thusly, and as I'm listening to these humorous short stories about court proceedings which always seem headed for disaster, and a marriage based on mere politeness at best, I always think of Paul fondly because he clearly loves his wife very much and has a wonderful dry British sense of humour of the kind I've always enjoyed. And as I'm not in touch with Paul very often, Rumpole is my way of wishing Paul well, even though he might not know it. All quite warm and fuzzy feelings centred around a rather grumpy but after all kind old geezer of an English barrister at the Old Bailey's court. Perhaps not to everyone's taste, but I'm definitely fond of the old codger and as I don't celebrate Christmas and this is a very sad season for me which too vividly reminds me of the distance I've had to put between family and myself, it's nice to have a tradition of sorts I can return to thanks to John Mortimer and his plonk drinking fat old boy. Paul was a good one to share a heartbreaking personal story or two with here and there too... which reminds me I should probably send him a note, as it's been a while.

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December 2018: This review is from December 2015, with a few recent edits. I'll be picking up this audiobook again this month to celebrate the seasonal spirit (snerk!). A Rumpole Christmas is quite short and very much bittersweet with an emphasis on the bitterness and very little sweetness please, just as I like it. lol

I'm a recent fan of "GRumpole", having just discovered him for myself a week ago, with the first book in the series, Rumpole of the Bailey, with Patrick Tull narrating on the version I listened to. I thought no one else could possibly do Rumpole quite as briliantly as Tull did, with his rumbly old mariner who'se possibly tippled heavily all his life kinda voice, but must say I enjoyed Bill Wallis's performance as the hapless yet sympathetic barrister tremendously as well.

Rumpole is no great fan of the Christmas season, which every year brings him a new tie from She Who Must Be Obeyed (aka his wife Hilda) and a yet another bottle of lavender water to said unbending and unappreciative wife, who drags him from one Christmas engagement he can little look forward to to yet another worse engagement, with the finale being a stay at a "health farm" where the best he can hope for finally takes place: a murder suspect to defend and to finally take him away from insipid health food and miserable company. A very entertaining holiday read that I'll be sure to return to regularly during the Christmas season, to take me away from all that tediously fake good cheer while I'm inevitably going through seasonal depression, just like most people who have health issues and or/no small children and/or no sane or welcoming families to celebrate with.

GRumpole to the rescue! 😁 ( )
  Smiler69 | Dec 19, 2015 |
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Five holiday tales feature the curmudgeon barrister in "Rumpole and Father Christmas," "Rumpole's Slimmed Down Christmas," "Rumpole and the Boy," "Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces," and "Rumpole and the Christmas Break."

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