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Famous Trials: Selected by John Mortimer Creator of Rumpole isbn 9780880290807

Famous Trials: From the Classic Penguin Series edited by Henry Hodge and James H. Hodge

Edited by: Harry Hodge, James H. Hodge, John Mortimer

ISBN13: 004709
ISBN: 004709
New Edition ISBN: 0880290803
Published: June 1984
Publisher: Book Club Associates
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



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John Mortimer, creator of the irrepressible Old Bailey hack, Rumpole, has made this selection from the classic Penguin Famous Trials series, originally edited by Harry Hodge and then, his son, James Hozier Hodge. The selection vividly brings out the dark side of respectable middle-class England.

Again and again, repressed sexuality is the theme of these trials, whether seen directly in the young case of the ladies lured by George Joseph Smith's physical magnetism to his deathly bath-tub, or obliquely in the murder of the prostitute Olive Young, battered to death as she went about her quiet and orderly business in a basement flat in Fulham.

But another subject emerges from the accounts of these trials, and that is the English legal system itself. The judicial process is shown in all its splendour and shabbiness, from the immortal advocacy of Marshall Hall, securing an acquittal by proving that Sergeant Grosse had misrepresented the street lighting in St Paul's Road, to the various judgments which upheld Lord Haw-Haw's conviction although the alleged offences were all committed abroad and he was never a British subject.

Husbands and wives, lovers and prostitutes, children and parents ... and, of course, lawyers and clients. They all throng these pages, and as the drama of their lives unfolds, the truth proves itself far more compelling than any fiction.

Subjects:
Legal History, Trials

Series: Famous Trials

Famous Trials 9: Roger Casement ISBN 9780140021240
Published September 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
Famous Trials 7: Oscar Wilde ISBN 9780140018578
Published July 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
£6.00
(Second Hand)
£6.00
(Second Hand)
£8.00
(Second Hand)
Famous Trials 2 : Armstrong, Field & Gray, GJ Smith, Ronald True
Edited by: Harry Hodge
ISBN 9780140006346
Published February 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
Famous Trials 1: Madeleine Smith, Oscar Slater, Dr.Crippen, Dr.Palmer
Edited by: Harry Hodge
ISBN 9780140003383
Published January 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
Famous Trials: Selected by John Mortimer Creator of Rumpole ISBN 9780880290807
Published November 1986
Dorset Press
Out of print
Famous Trials: Selected by John Mortimer Creator of Rumpole ISBN 9780140069242
Published July 1984
Penguin Books
Out of print
Out of print
Famous Trials 9: Roger Casement ISBN 004437
Published April 1964
Penguin Books
£6.00
(Second Hand)
Famous Trials 7: Oscar Wilde ISBN 004374
Published September 1962
Penguin Books
£6.00
(Second Hand)
£6.00
(Second Hand)
£6.00
(Second Hand)
Out of print
Famous Trials 1: Madeleine Smith, Oscar Slater, Dr.Crippen, Dr.Palmer
Edited by: Harry Hodge
ISBN 004433
Published November 1941
Penguin Books
£6.00
(Second Hand)