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
Although the tales are told with a comic light touch, there are critical contemporary issues at play – not least the existential threat to justice from the bureaucratic prophets of 'efficiency' and 'taxpayer value'- ICLR [read the full review]
Charles is a marvellous character who throughout demonstrates a very grown-up worldliness in having to cope with the antics of those with a far narrower perspective- David Wurtzel, Counsel Magazine [read the full review]

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
Judge Walden drew me he is an entertaining character real emotional.His world Criminal courts system is eye opening look at the people whether defendants victims or other judges.Perfect for Rumpole fans. #netgalley#judgewalden - Rhonda Lomazow , Netgalley
A very entertaining and enjoyable book. It was really interesting to read how the the Criminal courts system works. The case and the characters were very interesting - Netgalley Read More
No one writes with more wit, warmth and insight about the law and its practitioners than Peter Murphy - Hayley Best, Netgalley Read More
The characters are so well drawn; the dialogue sparkles and the cases themselves, though imagined, have enough truth about them to be really interesting - Live and Deadly Read More

Great stories that show the highs and lows of the legal system with humorous undertones and stories to capture the imagination - Vonnibee Read More

Very refreshing light-hearted fun and want to read more - Steph's Book Blog Read More

I was pleasantly surprised with Peter Murphy's engaging and entertaining book, the descriptions of both the characters and the proceedings at court are wonderful and you almost feel you're part of the process - Bits About Books Read More

I held on to every word... So looking forward to more of this series - Books From Dusk Till Dawn Read More

Certainly entertaining, this would be a perfect book to read on the beach  - The Crime Novel Reader Read More
A light read that flows really well. I would love to see this made as a series, it is highly entertaining - Donna's Book Blog Read More
Walden's character is compassionate, yet keen to uphold the integrity of the justice system, and this makes him likeable and easy to connect with throughout the book - Portable Magic Read More
Charlie is an engaging character, an old-fashioned, moral judge with a wry humour, whose encounters, in court and out, prove highly entertaining - The Literary Shed Read More
I'd recommend this one for anyone who loves a good crime thriller but is perhaps in need of a palette cleanse from all the blood, guts, and gore - Emma The Little Bookworm Read More

Things are never too grizzly and the exploration of all issues, from members of the jury to the nature of how the courts work and the kind of thought that goes into it all, is front-and-center - Netgalley Read More

'A great selection of stories which can be read altogether as a novel or picked up and put down again almost like a set of self contained short stories' - Goodreads Read More

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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