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Rumpole a La Carte Paperback – 31 July 1997
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- Publisher : Penguin; New edition (31 July 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140156097
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140156096
- Dimensions : 13.31 x 1.22 x 19.61 cm
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This was an odd selection. The first story, which gives the volume its title, is one of the strongest in the whole Rumpole canon, but I felt that a couple of the others showed signs of being slightly formulaic. By the time this selection was published, Rumpole of the Bailey had become established as a successful television series, and these stories came into being initially as television scripts, being adapted for book form subsequently (presumably to milk the Rump0ole cash cow as far as possible). They are still entertaining, but with the exception of the first story, some of the gilt had definitely come off the gingerbread.
The final story in the selection is notable for representing the first, and possibly only, time that Rumpole was persuaded to act for the prosecution, although the circumstances are far from normal – the case being a private prosecution, rather than one brought by the crown – and he clearly finds it difficult to lay down the principles of a lifetime of defending.