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Walden Of Bermondsey by Peter Murphy

Walden Of Bermondsey

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Warm, witty and endearingly entertaining, fans of Rumpole of the Bailey will relish this romp through the trials and tribulations of a Bermondsey based Resident Judge.

At a little over sixty, Charlie Walden has taken up the position of Resident Judge of Bermondsey Crown Court. In Charlie’s words, the RJs main role is “to be the person to blame whenever something goes wrong”, by which he means – specifically – when nit-picking civil servants known as ‘the Grey Smoothies’ deem the court’s work to be less than efficient. Their humourless commitment to bean-counting bureaucracy saps much of Charlie’s time and energy (“the court staff and I could easily spend almost every hour of our days buggering about with this nonsense”) as he stoically endeavors to get on with his actual job of trying criminal cases. This brilliantly observed novel has much to engage and amuse fans of behind-the-scenes courtroom dramas and, with this, the author (himself a former judge) has added another string to his already varied bow. ~ Joanne Owen

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Walden Of Bermondsey by Peter Murphy

When Charlie Walden took on the job of Resident Judge of the Bermondsey Crown Court, he was hoping for a quiet life. But he soon finds himself struggling to keep the peace between three feisty fellow judges who have very different views about how to do their job, and about how Charlie should do his.

And as if that’s not enough, there’s the endless battle against the ‘Grey Smoothies’, the humourless greysuited civil servants who seem determined to drown Charlie in paperwork and strip the court of its last vestiges of civilisation.

No hope of a quiet life then for Charlie, and there are times when his real job – trying the challenging criminal cases that come before him – actually seems like light relief.


Praise for Peter Murphy:

'Racy legal thrillers lift the lid on sex and racia l prejudice at the bar' - Hugh Muir, Guardian

‘Murphy's clever legal thrillers revel in the chicanery of the English law courts of the period’ - Independent

‘No one writes with more wit, warmth and insight about the law and its practitioners than Peter Murphy. He has no equal since the great John “Rumpole” Mortimer’ - David Ambrose, playwright & screenwriter

‘It is the humour that makes Walden of Bermondsey such a delightful read... add a dash of Henry Cecil for his situation and AP Herbert for the fun he has with the law, and you get a sense of [Peter’s] literary precedents' - Paul Magrath

About the Author

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy graduated from Cambridge University and spent a career in the law, as an advocate, teacher, and judge. He has worked both in England and the United States, and served for several years as counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. Peter heralds from a predominantly Welsh family and spent a lot of time growing up in Wales. He has been a supporter of Welsh rugby ever since the glory days of the late 60s and early 70s. He has written six novels: two political thrillers about the US presidency, Removal and Test of Resolve; four legal thrillers featuring Ben Schroeder set in Sixties London, A Higher Duty, A Matter for the Jury, And is there Honey Still for Tea? and his latest, The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr.

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Publication date

23rd November 2017


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No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd


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