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Rumpole of the Bailey was a Thames Television series that ran for seven seasons from 1978 to 1992. Each season consisted of six episodes and there was also a two-hour special, "Rumpole's Return" which was aired in 1980, between the 2nd and 3rd series. The author of the series was John Mortimer, who subsequently wrote several books about Rumpole including novelisation of the TV series, the later radio plays aired on BBC Radio and new stories (Full list at bottom of page) - he died in 2009. Most of the books were published by Penguin Books in paperback with several re-printings and resultant cover variations. This gallery is limited to the books in my collection only.

Penguin Books

1984

Rumpole of the Bailey
1985

The Trials of Rumpole
1982

Rumpole's Return

1986

The Trials of Rumpole
1987

Rumpole's Return

1985

Rumpole's Return

1986

Rumpole for the Defence
1987

Rumpole and the Golden Thread
1987

Rumpole's Last Case
1988

Rumpole and the Age of Miracles

1983

Rumpole and the Golden Thread

1991

Rumpole La Carte
1992

Rumpole on Trial

1993

The Best of Rumpole
1996

Rumpole and the Angel of Death
1998

The Third Rumpole Omnibus

2002

Rumpole Rests His Case
2003

Rumpole and the Primrose Path
2005

...and the Penge Bungalow Murders
2007

Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
2008

The Anti-Social Behaviour of...
2010

Rumpole at Christmas

2012

Forever Rumpole

Penguin 60s Books

1995

...and the Younger Generation

Allen Lane (Penguin Books Imprint)
Hardback

1981

Regina v. Rumpole


John Mortimer's Rumpole Books List
with original publication dates

Rumpole of the Bailey (1978) Novelisation of the first season episodes
The Trials of Rumpole (1979) Novelisation of the second season episodes
Regina v Rumpole (1981) includes novel "Rumpole's Return"
Rumpole's Return (1980) Novelisation of the one-off special
Rumpole for the Defense (1982) Novelisation of the radio plays. Same as "Rumpole v Regina," minus the novel
Rumpole and the Golden Thread (1983) Novelisation of the third season episodes
Rumpole's Last Case (1987) Novelisation of the fourth season episodes, plus one new story
Rumpole and the Age of Miracles (1988) Novelisation of the fifth season episodes, plus one new story
Rumpole la Carte (1990) Novelisation of the sixth season episodes
Rumpole on Trial (1992) Novelisation of the seventh season episodes, plus one new story
The Best of Rumpole (1993)
Rumpole and the Angel of Death (1995)
Rumpole Rests His Case (2002)
Rumpole and the Primrose Path (2003)
Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders (2004)
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror (2006)
The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole (2007) published in the USA as "Rumpole Misbehaves"
Rumpole at Christmas (2009) a shorter collection published in the USA as "A Rumpole Christmas"
Forever Rumpole (2011)