Quite Honestly

Quite Honestly

Book - 2006
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Penguin Putnam
The creator of Rumpole of the Bailey returns to the novel with a comic tale of middle-class do-gooding gone awry

Thousands of readers have discovered the inimitable voice of John Mortimer through his Rumpole series of stories. But with Quite Honestly, Mortimer creates a cast of characters that rivals his usual Rumpole repertoire, delivering a wonderfully comic novel, packed with entertaining reflections on a life in crime.

Life couldn't be better for Lucinda Purefoy. She's got a steady boyfriend, a degree in social sciences from Manchester University, and the offer of a high-powered job in advertising. With all this good fortune, isn't it appropriate for her to give something back to society?

With her newly minted membership in Social Carers, Reformers, and Praeceptors (SCRAP for short), an organization that recruits women to become the guides, philosophers, and friends to ex-convicts coming out of prison, Lucy finds herself standing outside the gates of Wormwood Scrubs waiting to greet a career burglar called Terry Keegan. What happens next- after a short and hostile trip to Burger King-confounds expectations and produces a signature Mortimer tale full of wit and surprise.

Baker & Taylor
Wanting to give something back in the wake of her prestigious education, steady relationship, and promising advertising career, Lucinda Purefoy joins the ranks of an organization that befriends released convicts and finds her life turned upside-down by career burglar Terry Keegan. By the author of Rumpole and the Primrose Path. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Life couldn't be better for Lucinda Purefoy. She's got a steady boyfriend, a degree in social sciences from Manchester University, and the offer of a high-powered job in advertising. With all this good fortune, isn't it appropriate for her to give something back to society?
With her newly minted membership in Social Carers, Reformers and Praeceptors (SCRAP, for short), a misguided organization that recruits women to become guides, philosophers and friends to ex-convicts coming out of prison, Lucy finds herself standing outside the gates of jail, waiting to greet a career burglar named Terry Keegan. What happens next - after a short and hostile trip to Burger King - confounds expectations and produces a signature Mortimer tale, full of wit and surprise.

Baker
& Taylor

Wanting to give something back to society in return for her prestigious education and promising career, Lucinda Purefoy joins an organization that befriends released convicts and finds her life turned upside-down by career burglar Terry Keegan.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780670034833
0670034835
Branch Call Number: FIC Mortimer, J 2006
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 22 cm

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loudem
Nov 26, 2016

The premise is good. The complete reversal is original and quite funny, honestly. The thing gets out of hands when with each chapter we have a review of what we knew already. This gets tiresome after a while. I still can't see why after the split between Lucy and Terry she doesn't wake up and realize that all her time in prison is for nothing. And the happy ending... Well.

Cleverly written but I did not enjoy the format... he thinks/ she thinks and the sarcasm about the inadequate prison system is too sad to laugh at.

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fpsutka
Oct 08, 2016

I enjoyed this humorous, satirical novel. It is a light novel, but still interesting nonetheless. The author makes fun of crime, religion,etc.
A fun read!

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