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All's Fair in Love and Law Small Town Tales of Life, Laughter and Litigation by Alan Hammond

All's Fair in Love and Law Small Town Tales of Life, Laughter and Litigation

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A depiction of a small town law practice which sounds as if it’s not a million miles from Stephen Fry’s TV series, Kingdom. Alan Hammond has bought together a collection of stories depicting the life of a small town solicitor whose client base and fellow-workers provide many eccentric tales. Inspired by his own experiences as a young solicitor, Alan Hammond has created a warm and nostalgic look back at a more self-reliant age.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A gentle, humorous collection of tales revolving round a small firm of family solicitors marks the literary debut of former legal executive Alan Hammond, who has created the fictional firm of Dufty, Dufty, Popple & Dunn, based in the Midlands town of Hockham (pronounced Hok-um). In a series of engaging, whimsical stories we meet an eclectic variety of residents and share their triumphs and tribulations – among others, a policeman devoted to his budgies, a celebrity chef, a lonely dentist – all united by their need for assistance from the local lawyers. Hammond’s endearing portrait of a rural English town evokes much nostalgic appeal.
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All's Fair in Love and Law Small Town Tales of Life, Laughter and Litigation by Alan Hammond

Dufty Dufty Popple & Dunn is a traditional solicitors firm in the small Midlands town of Hockam (pronounced Hokum, as the local residents are at pains to point out). This heart-warming collection of stories revolves around the lives, relationships, triumphs and failures of the good people of Hockam and of the lawyers to whom they look for help. We meet the lonely dentist and his noisy neighbours, the TV celebrity chef and his complex family, the policeman and his beloved budgies, the Vicar and the Major General, the greedy beneficiary of an uncle's will. These and many others bring their problems to Dufty Dufty Popple & Dunn to be resolved by the long-suffering and well-meaning members of the firm, all of whom have their own lives to live when time permits, from Bernard, the hapless trainee, to Hugo Dufty, the nominal senior partner. And then, of course, there are the ever-present rumours concerning Robert Popple, the former partner who departed from the firm some years previously in mysterious circumstances. The whole symphony of life portrayed here is conducted with gentle humour and charm by Hugo's father, Charles Dufty, who founded the firm 50 years ago and whose wisdom and deep understanding of the human condition help to make sense of even the most difficult and apparently insoluble problems.

About the Author

Alan Hammond worked in North Yorkshire as a legal executive and his experiences there became the inspiration for the stories in this his first book. He lives in Leatherhead, Surrey, with his wife Eileen.

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Publication date

7th August 2014


Alan Hammond

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


256 pages


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