Paradise Postponed

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Penguin Books, 1986 - Fiction - 373 pages
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Ultraliberal clergyman Simeon Simcox, rector of the village of Rapstone Fanner, leaves his entire fortune to Leslie Titmuss, a social-climbing conservative politician. As Mortimer recounts the gossip and dastardly goings-on in Rapstone Fanner, he creates a wickedly funny, totally absorbing portrait of British life from the austerity of World War II to the dubious prosperity of the eighties. This delightful social comedy was adapted by Mortimer into an eleven-part series for Masterpiece Theatre.

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Review: Paradise Postponed (Rapstone Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Lendoxia - Goodreads

Nothing special, quick beach read when you don't want to think about anything. Writing is fluent and the story-line keeps you interested but nothing special about this book. Read full review

Review: Paradise Postponed (Rapstone Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Nigel - Goodreads

"An hilarious novel", so says the Daily Telegraph; I think not. An interesting portrait of the British class system, British politics and the good old British weather. Nicely written with deliciously nasty characters this will remain with you well into your next novel. Read full review


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John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.

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