Summer's Lease

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 7, 2008 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Summer's Lease - the classic, international bestselling novel by John Mortimer

'Amusing, entertaining ... and a cracking good read' Sunday Express

'And summer's lease hath all too short a date' - Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare

It's high summer when Molly Pargeter drags her amiably bickering family to a rented Tuscan villa for the holidays. Molly is sure that the house is the perfect setting for their three-week getaway, but soon she becomes fascinated by the lives of the absent owners - and things start to go horribly wrong ...

'With a cosy fluency of wit, Mortimer charms us into his urbane tangle of clues' Mail on Sunday

Summer's Lease, which was made into popular BBC TV mini-series starring John Gielgud, is a delightful novel from Rumpole author John Mortimer: witty, compassionate, humane, perfectly plotted and wonderfully readable. It will be adored by readers of P.G Wodehouse and P.D. James.
Sir John Mortimer was a barrister, playwright and novelist. His fictional political trilogy of Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets has recently been republished in Penguin Classics, together with Clinging to the Wreckage and his play A Voyage round My Father. His most famous creation was the barrister Horace Rumpole, who featured in four novels and around eighty short stories. His books in Penguin include: The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole; The Collected Stories of Rumpole; The First Rumpole Omnibus; Rumpole and the Angel of Death; Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders; Rumpole and the Primrose Path; Rumpole and the Reign of Terror; Rumpole and the Younger Generation; Rumpole at Christmas; Rumpole Rests His Case; The Second Rumpole Omnibus; Forever Rumpole; In Other Words; Quite Honestly and Summer's Lease.

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User Review  - ChrisSterry - LibraryThing

A most enjoyable book. In some ways a typical 'English family in Tuscany' scenario. At first sight Joanna Trollope could have written it. But the humour, and the twists and turns in the plot raise it ... Read full review

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User Review  - abbottthomas - LibraryThing

John Mortimer's spoor runs through this book - the problems of getting one's socks on when getting old, the primacy of Italian Renaissance artists, particularly Piero della Francesca and Raphael ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

John Mortimer is a novelist, playwright and former practising barrister. Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels (Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets) featuring aspiring Conservative MP, Leslie Titmuss. Sir John received a knighthood in 1998 for his services to the arts.

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