It serves me right really as I thought that I'd really enjoy this novel by John Mortimer as the Rumpole stories were quite fun. It is however a product of its times, written in the 1980s, when novels about the foibles of the middle classes were popular and abundant. It is dated and rarely amusing as we discover the lives of Simeon, a left-wing country parson and his family and their story from the 1950s to the 1980s and their impact on the other people in their circle. There's plenty of adultery and plotting, political manipulation and legal wrangles. Disappointing.