Quite Honestly

Quite Honestly

by John Mortimer

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From the creator of the Rumpole stories—a novel of middle-class do-gooding gone awry

Fans of John Mortimer and his popular Rumpole mysteries will love Quite Honestly, a comedy filled with a delightful cast of characters and Mortimer’s unique and entertaining take on a life of crime. Life couldn’t be better for Lucinda Purefoy—college educated, with a steady boyfriend and a job offer in advertising. With all this good fortune, isn’t it appropriate for her to give something back to society? Armed with only good intentions, she joins Social Carers, Reformers and Praeceptors (SCRAP, for short), a misguided organization that recruits women to becomes guides, philosophers, and friends to ex-convicts coming out of prison. Once she meets her charge, Terry Keegan, the ensuing hilarity and mishaps produce a signature Mortimer tale, full of wit and surprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440678608
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,058,557
File size: 212 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.

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Mortimer is the master of a crisp, witty, eminently readable prose style. (Los Angeles Times)

Kick back and put yourself in the hands of a master. (Detroit Free Press)

No one is better than Mortimer at cataloging the thousand fusty eccentricities of English domestic and public life. . . . There is not a page that doesn’t crackle with wit. (Newsday)

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Quite Honestly 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In alternating chapters, narrated by Suzy Aitchison and Toby Longworth, the two explain what happens when Lucinda, an upper-class bishop's daughter, becomes a volunteer counselor to Terry, a recently released ex-convict. Terry's a professional thief; Lucinda, a well-meaning do-gooder--the result is charming and comical.Full of eccentric characters I found this to be a quick run read.
CBJames on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite Honestly by John Mortimer is the author's 37th book, not counting his plays. After 36 successful publications including the wonderful Rumpole of the Bailey series, I guess his publisher owed him one.The plot is supposed to satirize well-to-do people who try to help others. The chapters alternate between two first person narrators, Lucinda Purefoy a new volunteer with SCRAP (Social Carers, Reformers and Praeceptors) and Terry Keegan ex-con newly released from prison and into Lucinda's care. Lucinda does not understand Terry's situation; Terry does not appreciate Lucinda's busy-body attentions. So, of course they fall in love. Duh!The situation is comic and could have been developed into a funny novel, but Mr. Mortimer seems more interested in scoring points against his personal bug-a-boos: environmentalism, same-sex marriage, liberals in the Church of England, people who feel sorry for the lower classes and for criminals, and incompetent parole officers. If those people all really bother you, you may end up really loving Quite Honestly. I enjoy a good joke and I'm willing to admit just about anything as a potential subject for satire. However, I found the humor in Mr. Mortimer's book the sort better enjoyed by pub-goers after they've had a few. Some jokes can be really funny in certain situations, but if you read books only when you're sober you may find those in Quite Honestly fall a bit flat. (For an excellent example of this type of satire working very well please read Graham Greene's novel Our Man in Havana. It's terrific fun.)I found the main plot point more than a little hard to swallow, even in a novel as comic in tone as Quite Honestly. Lucinda cannot deal with her ex-con charge Terry because she does not understand him. Her father is a up-and-coming bishop, her mother a tipsy middle class bishop's wife. Terry's family life was not so easy. So Lucinda decides she should become a thief like Terry was. Then she'll know all about it. This idea might have worked in a shorter piece, but over the course of a novel the reader cannot help but notice how weak an idea it is. Can anyone really imagine a college educated women who'd become a thief just so she could better understand her ex-con lover? The idea seems like it leapt out of a 1950's movie, a very edgy Doris Day/Rock Hudson story. (The novel began with Lucinda meeting Terry as he came out of jail. I won't reveal how it ends, but I bet you can already guess.)If any of the above description struck you as funny, I suggest that you make Quite Honestly your "Q" book. Frankly, I expected better from the creator of Rumpole. I'm giving Quite Honestly by John Mortimer two out of five stars.
mojacobs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great fun - excellent for a long train journey or rainy days. Lightharted but not too fluffy. If you like John Mortimer, you will love this.
A_TRIAL_LAWYER More than 1 year ago
This is typical of his light, humorous stuff with a clear social commentary edge. I like his delicate and yet insightful view of the law and society, so I enjoyed the book. Not as much as the Rumple series of which I am a very big fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light criminal read.
Ross_W More than 1 year ago
I have read a few other John Mortimer books; this was OK but I think I like the Rumpole stories better. This was interesting in the way it was written (first person with very other chapter written by one of the two main characters - so you would get each of their viewpoints on the same event). Plenty of interesting characters and it does provide Mortimer's usual combination of humorous observations and a well told story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Recently graduated from Manchester University with a degree in social sciences, Lucinda Purefoy feels good about her future. Perhaps because of her being an offspring of a caring liberal Anglican bishop, Lucinda believes she should thank society for her opportunities. Thus the idealistic Lucinda joins the volunteer group SCRAP (Social Careers, Reformers and Preceptors) that assigns one of their compassionate guides with a recently released former convict to expedite the ex prisoner¿s return into society. P Lucinda meets her objective burglar Terry Keegan as he is released from Wormwood Scrubs after he spent three years behind bars for breaking and entering. Terry wants nothing to do with the do-gooder so he plans to dump her in the first fast food place he finds. However, stubborn Lucinda is like dry mustard refusing to come off even when Terry visits his childhood crony Leonard ¿Chippy¿ McGrath seeking work. Chippy is an environmentally concerned businessman, who Lucinda will soon learn runs a vast crime complex P QUITE HONESTLY is a fabulous look at society using a rotational point of view between how Lucinda sees her need to help Terry and his perspective that she is a pain in the rump. The story line is fast-paced and filled with amusement as John Mortimer looks closely in his ironic manner at incarceration and prison reform through his Good Samaritan and a former guest of the state. Rumpole aside, this is a fabulous thought provoking tale that will have readers laugh yet ponder the goal of imprisonment and what is best for both society and the ex-con (not necessarily inclusive) to return to the civilian world. Harriet Klausner P