Paradise Postponed (Penguin Decades)

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Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling. John Mortimer's "Paradise Postponed" was first published in 1985. At the heart of the story lies a mystery. Why, on his death, has Simeon Simcox, the CND-marching Rector of Rapstone Fanner, left his fortune not to his two sons but to an odious Tory Minister? "Paradise Postponed" provides a brilliant, hilarious portrait of life in Margaret Thatcher's England.

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John Mortimer was a novelist, playwright and barrister. He was knighted for his services to the arts in 1998, and died in 2009. The Rapstone Trilogy - consisting of Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets - captured the Thatcher years perfectly with its enthralling tale of the rise of Tory MP Leslie Titmuss.

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Class is also at the core of John Mortimer's Paradise Postponed: the ironies are naked and the comedy acid. The novel portrays the unedifying struggle between the upper-middle class and the lower-middle class, in the shape of Johnny Jump-ups, for hegemony in post-1960's Britain. It also takes on a few minor upper-class, middle-class, working-class and under-class skirmishes on the side. All this is couched as a pretty good mystery. However, the book's real beauty lies in its ironic taxonomy of the English social classes and their various manifestations. Paul Shelley's modest rendition of the varieties of speech is pleasantly unobtrusive, and the air of weariness his voice often carries seems right for the narrative. K.A.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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