Summary

Rumpole isn't particularly fond of Christmas; he finds it has a horrible habit of dragging on as he and She Who Must Be Obeyed go through the usual rituals in Froxbury Mansions. After the exchange of presents (lavender water for her, a tie for him) they settle down to a supermarket turkey with all the trimmings, followed by a glass of port. The only excitement comes in deciding whether to stand for the national anthem after the Queen's Speech.
But at least the criminal fraternity rarely takes a holiday, so over the years Rumpole has found his festive celebrations disturbed in the most welcome ways. Whether it's a Father Christmas who behaves suspiciously at Equity Court's Christmas party, or a high-profile murder trial that comes up at the Bailey just before the holiday season, or a body discovered at the health spa where Rumpole is gloomily trying to survive a not-so-festive Christmas diet of yak's milk and spinach, there's always something wonderfully unlawful to liven up the dull holiday plans.
When Sir John Mortimer died in early 2009, it was widely agreed that Horace Rumpole was his greatest fictional creation. In these seven delightful stories, read by Bill Wallis and collected together for the first time, the great barrister lives on.
©2009 John Mortimer (P)2009 BBC Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Maggie on 22-08-17

Ok collection of short Rumpole stories with a Xmas theme

I have just listened to all the Rumpole books so am Disappointed that the first story is a repeat of one included in an earlier book. Otherwise an OK if short Rumpole collection

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 18-01-10

Rumpole at his Best

Mortimer writes a good yarn - Bill Wallis does a great job of reading them!The characterisation is excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ilana on 18-12-15

And a Grouchy Christmas to You!

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, but must say I enjoyed Bill Wallis's performance as the hapless yet sympathetic barrister tremendously. Rumpole is no great fan of the Christmas season, which every year brings him a new tie from She Who Must Be Obeyed and a bottle of lavender water to this unbending 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 happens: a murder suspect to defend to 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.

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