Judge Walden: Back In Session


The Second Collection of Walden of Bermondsey stories

Judge Walden is back, to preside over five new cases at Bermondsey Crown Court.

Retired resident judge Peter Murphy takes us back to the world of criminal trials in South London for another session with Charlie keeping the peace between his fellow judges – Marjorie, ‘Legless’ and Hubert – while fighting off the attacks of the Grey Smoothies, the civil servants who seem intent on reducing the court’s dwindling resources to vanishing point in the name of ‘business cases’ and ‘value for money’.

Meet the rum and memorable characters who pop into Charlie’s domain, including Lester Fogle from one of London’s Disorganised Crime Families, Arthur Swivell the one-time Bermondsey singing legend and the very unbardlike Elias Shakespeare. And you will never feel the same about ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ or the Entente Cordiale again.

Fortunately, Charlie has Elsie and Jeanie’s lattes and ham and cheese baps, and newspaper vendor George’s witty banter, to sustain him in the mornings; and in the evenings, the Delights of the Raj, or La Bella Napoli, to enjoy with the Reverend Mrs Walden.


Playwright and novelist David Ambrose describes the first Walden collection as an ‘unputdownable delight’ and writes –

‘No one writes with more wit, warmth and insight about the law and its practitioners than Peter Murphy. He has no equal since the great John “Rumpole” Mortimer.’

Reviewer Paul Magrath says –

‘It is the humour that makes Walden of Bermondsey such a delightful read … Add a dash of Henry Cecil for his situation and AP Herbert for the fun he has with the law, and you get a sense of [Peter’s] literary precedents.’

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Publisher: No Exit Press

Publication Date: 24th May 2018

PB ISBN: 978-1-085730-122-2

Format: B (198 X 129mm)

Extent: 416pp

Price: £8.99

Critical Acclaim for Judge Walden: Back in Session

'The forensic process is examined in a light touch, good-humoured style, which will evoke a constant stream of smiles, and chuckles from nonlawyers and lawyers alike' - Igor Judge, Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Reader Reviews for Judge Walden: Back in Session

Having read the previous book of the exploits of the Judge and the characters before and on the bench at Bermondsey Crown Court, I was delighted to be able to met them again and enjoy the tales of trials and the machinations that go on behind the scenes and in the corridors of the law and politic. If you miss Rumpole and "she who must be obeyed" then do not worry, Judge Walden and the Reverend Mrs Walden are here to keep you entertained.  - Tina Foster, NetGalley

I really enjoyed this book. Judge Walden is a sympathetically portrayed character who recounts fascinating tales of interesting cases at Bermondsey Crown Court. The Judge has a way with words and is an accomplished story teller and the five short stories are full of gentle wit and humour as well as demonsrating a deep knowledge of the law. Very entertaining and highly recommended. - Greville Waterman, NetGalley

A warmly enjoyable light read. - Gavin Roebuck, NetGalley
I would recommend it to anyone who likes court room fun. - Leyla Johnson, NetGalley


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