Tales from The Rumpole of Rotherham – Stephen D Smith – 13th May 2013


After such a build-up to his appear­ance it was always pos­sible that we might have been dis­ap­poin­ted. It was matter of minutes into his tales that we real­ised that there was no fear of that! A great racon­teur and speaker who clearly has an innate abil­ity to bring to life the stor­ies he relates – what is more he can do the same in his books as the story leaps of the pages and you find your­self laugh­ing out loud. Albeit a bar­ris­ter with major murder cases to his credit he has not for­got­ten his humble begin­nings and remains firmly with his feet on the ground. Normally he speaks after dinner but he had no dif­fi­culty in having us in tucks on mere coffee alone! A real delight! I can fore­see a return visit.