Paradise Postponed Author:John Mortimer When Simeon Simcox, a socialist clergyman, leaves his entire fortune not to his family but to the ruthless, social-climbing Tory MP Leslie Titmuss, the Rector's two sons react in very different ways. — Henry, novelist and former 'angry young man' turned grumpy old reactionary, decides to fight the will and prove their father was insan... more »e. Younger brother Fred, a mild-mannered country doctor, takes a different approach, quietly digging in Simeon's past, only to uncover an entirely unexpected explanation for the legacy. An exquisitely drawn saga of ancient rivalries and class struggles, featuring a glorious cast of characters, Paradise Postponed is a delicious portrait of English country life by a master satirist.« less
This book is about class, status and change in post-World War II British Society, and if you do not understand how British society worked before World War II, you won't enjoy the book.
I bought the book because of Mortimer's excellent work with the Rumpole series. This book started slow and stay that way for a number of pages. I was somewhat bored with it as it is so different from his other works. Then the characters and the story he was imparting began to catch hold of me. The pages then raced by. The have the other two novels in this series and am looking forward to the next.