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Title:
Titmuss regained
Author:
Mortimer, John, 1923-2009.
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Publication Information:
London, England ; New York, N.Y., USA : Viking, 1990.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780670823338
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Pitting greed against Green a new town is being planned in England's green and pleasant land. Usually the champion of greed, conservative M.P. Leslie Titmuss is thrown off his political course, since the new development threatens his own Rapstone Manor. Bringing us up-to-date on the quirks, quarrels, and quests of the wonderful array of characters first introduced in Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained is a pungent and often hilarious view of contemporary manners and mores.


Author Notes

John Mortimer is the author of many books including twelve volumes of Rumpole stories, as well as the bestselling "Summer's Lease" & "Paradise Postponed". He lives with his wife & youngest daughter in the house in Buckinghamshire that his father built.

(Publisher Provided) Playwright and novelist John Mortimer was born in London on April 21, 1923. He attended Brasenose College in Oxford. While working as a barrister in the 1960s, he became known as a defender of free speech and human rights. His novels Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained, and Summer's Lease were all made into successful television series. He has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio and television plays, which include A Voyage Round My Father and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisted. He is the creator of Horace Rumpole and the plays about the character won him the British Academy Writer of the Year Award. His other works include numerous stories about Horace Rumpole, Clinging to the Wreckage, and Murderers and Other Friends. He died on January 16, 2009 at the age of 85.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

The bestselling Paradise Postponed has been well and truly equaled with this hilarous sequel by the British author and barrister who has also given us the Rumpole books. Politician Leslie Titmuss is faced with a dilemma that pits personal interest against political belief when his home turf, Rapstone Valley, is proposed as the site of a huge development. Mortimer's gimlet eye is cast unmercifully on the world of politics and planning in modern Britain. The principal characters, from pragmatic Secretary of State Titmuss, a true conservative, to the left-leaning Fred Simcox, son of liberal minister Simeon Simcox and leader of the Save Our Valley Society, to the Rector of Rapstone, ``Kev the Rev,'' play out this comedy of manners without giving readers a moment's letdown. Inhabitants of Paradise Postponed , from Lady Fanner of Rapstone Manor to the crafty soliciter Jackson Cantellow, make brief but welcome appearances. But the heart of the story is the rather unlikely remarriage of Titmuss to a spirited young widow, Jenny Sidonia, and how he blindly destroys the future for their life together. This is Mortimer at his very best: moving, funny, literate and profound. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad /promo; BOMC and QPB alternates; author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved