Quite Honestly

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Viking, 2006 - Fiction - 206 pages
The creator of Rumpole of the Bailey returns to the novel with a comic tale of middle-class do-gooding gone awry
Thousands of readers have discovered the inimitable voice of John Mortimer through his Rumpole series of stories. But with "Quite Honestly," Mortimer creates a cast of characters that rivals his usual Rumpole repertoire, delivering a wonderfully comic novel, packed with entertaining reflections on a life in crime.

Life couldn't be better for Lucinda Purefoy. She's got a steady boyfriend, a degree in social sciences from Manchester University, and the offer of a high-powered job in advertising. With all this good fortune, isn't it appropriate for her to give something back to society?

With her newly minted membership in Social Carers, Reformers, and Praeceptors (SCRAP for short), an organization that recruits women to become the guides, philosophers, and friends to ex-convicts coming out of prison, Lucy finds herself standing outside the gates of Wormwood Scrubs waiting to greet a career burglar called Terry Keegan. What happens next- after a short and hostile trip to Burger King-confounds expectations and produces a signature Mortimer tale full of wit and surprise.

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Fate throws together a cinematically mismatched pair; Cupid deftly aims his arrows; cute fun ensues. Taking a breather from legal thrillers (Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders, 2004, etc ... Read full review

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Amusing light comedy. Most of the British idioms can be understood in context. Young naive woman works as preceptor for newly-released con. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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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