Old Filth

'Oliver - it was Old Filth. Of Hong Kong. And he became a wonderful Judge,' and she began to moan. 'What's so dreadful?' 'I told him all about the Bar. And how easy it was to pass the Bar exams. And I asked him if he'd always practised ...

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN:

Category: Asians

Page: 259

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FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

Old Filth

Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers is finally free from the regimen of work and the sentimental scaffolding that has sustained him throughout his life.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Europa Editions

ISBN: 1609450175

Category: Fiction

Page: 289

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First in the Old Filth trilogy. A New York Times Notable Book. “Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters” (The New York Times Book Review). Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia, where he earned the nickname Old Filth (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the English bar. Yet through it all he has carried with him the wounds of a difficult and emotionally hollow childhood. Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers is finally free from the regimen of work and the sentimental scaffolding that has sustained him throughout his life. He slips back into the past with ever mounting frequency and intensity, and on the tide of these vivid, lyrical musings, Feathers approaches a reckoning with his own history. Not all the old filth, it seems, can be cleaned away. Borrowing from biography and history, Jane Gardam has written a literary masterpiece reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling’s “Baa Baa, Black Sheep” that retraces much of the twentieth century’s torrid and momentous history. SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE “Will bring immense pleasure to readers who treasure fiction that is intelligent, witty, sophisticated and—a quality encountered all too rarely in contemporary culture—adult.” —The Washington Post “Gardam is an exquisite storyteller, picking up threads, laying them down, returning to them and giving them new meaning . . . Old Filth is sad, funny, beautiful and haunting.” —The Seattle Times “A masterpiece of storytelling.” —The Dallas Morning News

The Stories

After Betty died, Old Filth took everything from her jewel box and distributed it. He was leaving all his money to the Barristers' Benevolent Association, he said, because nobody felt much benevolence towards barristers.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408705699

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Throughout her career, prize-winning novelist Jane Gardam has been writing glorious short stories, each one hallmarked with all the originality, poignancy, wry comedy and narrative brilliance of her longer fiction. Passion and longing, metamorphosis and enchantment are Gardam's themes, and like a magician she plucks them from the quietest of corners: from Wimbledon gardens and cold churches, from London buses and industrial backstreets. A mother watching her children on the beach dreams of a long-lost lover, an abandoned army wife sees a ghost at a moorland gate, a translator adrift in Geneva is haunted by the unspeakable manifestation of her own fears, and a colonial servant wreaks a delicious revenge on her monstrous masters. Gardam's cast is wide and wonderful, saints and mystics, trollops and curmudgeons, yearning mothers and lost children, beloved figures such as Old Filth and less familiar - but equally unforgettable - characters like Signor Settimo, the sad-eyed provincial photographer marooned in Shipley or Florrie Ironside, the ferocious matron he seduces. With a mischievous ear for dialogue, a glittering eye for detail and a capacious understanding of the vagaries of the human heart, Jane Gardam's stories will captivate, sadden and delight.

Missing The Midnight

And the same had gone for Terry Veneering's opinion of Old Filth. Nobody knew why. It was almost a chemical, a physical thing. In Hong Kong, Old Filth,kind Old Filth, and swashbuckling Veneering did not 'have words', they spat poisons.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405525495

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Jane Gardam reveals again her brilliant diversity and deep understanding of the human condition. In 'Light', an evocative, lyrical piece of magic realism, a beautiful Himalayan girl defies the destiny laid out for her by her mother, but in so doing destroys the village in which she was born. In 'Missing the Midnight', a young woman having failed her exams and lost the man she loves, journeys home to the family she despises, on Christmas Eve. In 'Grace', an apparently ordinary man lives his whole life with a diamond under his skin at the back of his neck, and dies when it is finally removed. Jane Gardam weaves strange and magical occurrences into the fabric of beautifully realised lives in this stunning collection.

The Stories of Jane Gardam

After Betty died, Old Filth took everything from her jewel box and distributed it. He was leaving all his money to the Barristers' Benevolent Association, he said, because nobody felt much benevolence towards barristers.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Europa Editions

ISBN: 1609452100

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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“Pure delight . . . One perfect story after another” from the Whitbread Award–winning author of the Old Filth trilogy (The Sunday Telegraph). From the inimitable Jane Gardam, whose Old Filth trilogy cemented her status as one of England’s greatest living novelists, comes a collection of short stories that showcase her subversive wit, gentle humor, and insight into the human condition. Gardam’s versatility is on full display, while her sublime grasp of language and powers of observation remain as provocative as ever. “A formidable collection that is at once outlandish and entirely convincing . . . It is Gardam’s gift for the ecstatic, for showing us what a place of wonders is the world and the hearts that dwell in it, that endows this collection with a dangerous and formidable energy, richer and more concentrated than any novel. She gives us miracle heaped upon miracle, and insists that they should each one be handled with care.” —The Guardian “Unexpected appearance of figures from the past drive many of these sly, bighearted tales.” —The New York Times “Readers will feel lucky to have so much good writing in one place.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Gardam’s preference for short stories shows in this extraordinary collection of great writing.” —NewPages Book Reviews “A rich haul from a well of talent.” —Kirkus Reviews

Reach Out and Read the World

The constantly fluctuating mood of Old Filth is, by turns, warm and cold. At some points, especially in Eddie's childhood, Gardam's voice is almost playful. But the story also has a dark undercurrent. At the end of the novel, ...

Author: Europa Editions

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 160945457X

Category: Fiction

Page:

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Spanning six continents, the Reach Out and Read the World sampler contains excerpts from a large selection of international fiction published over Europa’s twelve-year history as an independent publisher that encourages global and social empathy. The compilation is completed with an introduction by Europa’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Reynolds, country profiles, discussion questions and a “71 Reasons to Read International Literature” comment piece by booksellers from across the United States on the importance of reading internationally. Altogether, Reach Out and Read the World is a transformative read, one that helps humanize our world through the power of story.

Nationalism and the Postcolonial

Practically, all reviews rehearse the explanation provided by Gardam in the first pages: 'Filth,' we are told, is an acronym and stands for “Failed In London Try Hong Kong” (Old Filth 3). The 'old' is later added as a mark of honour to ...

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900446431X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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The contributions in Nationalism and the Postcolonial examine forms, representations, and consequences of ubiquitous nationalisms in languages, popular culture, and literature across the globe from the perspectives of linguistics, political science, cultural studies, and literary studies.

Last Friends

Her husband, Old Filth, Sir Edward, the great crag of a man seated above her on the patio pretending to shoot rooks with his walking-stick, a gin and tonic at his elbow, had, quite simply, broken his heart.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Europa Editions

ISBN: 1609451120

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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“The satisfying conclusion to Gardam’s Old Filth trilogy offers exquisite prose, wry humor, and keen insights into aging and death” (The New Yorker). While Old Filth introduced readers to Sir Edward Feathers, his dreadful childhood, and his decades-long marriage, The Man in the Wooden Hat was his wife Betty’s story. Last Friends is Terence Veneering’s turn. His beginnings were not those of the usual establishment grandee. Filth’s hated rival in court and in love is the son of a Russian acrobat marooned in the English midlands and a local girl. He escapes the war and later emerges in the Far East as a man of panache and fame. The Bar treats his success with suspicion: Where did this handsome, brilliant Slav come from? This exquisite story of Veneering, Filth, and their circle tells a bittersweet tale of friendship and grace and of the disappointments and consolations of age. They are all, finally, each other’s last friend as this magnificent series ends with the deep and abiding satisfaction that only great literature provides. “[Gardam’s] prose sparkles with wit, compassion and humor. She keeps us entertained, and she keeps us guessing. Be thankful for her books. Be thankful for this trilogy, which is ultimately an elegy, created with deep affection.” —The Washington Post “Restores us to an era rich in spectacle and bristling with insinuation and intrigue. Vivid, spacious, superbly witty, and refreshingly brisk . . . the story (and the author) will endure.” —The Boston Globe “All three Gardam books are beautifully written but it’s a pleasure to note that Last Friends is the most enjoyable, the funniest and the most touching.” —National Post

The Novel Cure

JANE GARDAM The Skeleton in the Cupboard ALICE THOMAS ELLIS 'Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, ... Judge Feathers in Jane Gardam's Old Filth is a supremely dignified and still strikingly handsome man with a powerful ...

Author: Ella Berthoud

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 0857864262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 464

View: 930

When read at the right moment, a novel can change your life. Bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin know the power of a good book, and have been prescribing each other literary remedies for all life's aches and pains for decades. Together, they've compiled a medical handbook with a difference: a dictionary of literary cures for any malaise you can imagine. Whether it's struggling to find a good cup of tea (Douglas Adams, two sugars) or being in need of a good cry (Thomas Hardy, plus tissues), as well as cures for all kinds of reading ailments - from being a compulsive book buyer to a tendency to give up halfway through a novel - Ella and Susan have the tonic for all ailments, great or small. Written with authority, passion and wit, The Novel Cure is an enchanting reminder of the power and pleasure of forgetting your troubles in a good book.

The Hollow Land

Filth, in his heyday, was an international lawyer with a practice in the Far East. Now, only the oldest QCs and Silks can remember that his nickname stood for Failed In London, Try Hong Kong. Long ago, Old Filth was a Raj orphan – one ...

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349144214

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 327

The barren, beautiful Cumbrian fells provide the bewitching setting for the adventures of Bill and Harry , two children who find wonder at every turn as they experience the Hollow Land. Everyday challenges give a daring edge to this rural work and play. There are mysteries to explore and uncover , like the case of the Egg Witch , and everyone is curious about the Household Name, a visitor from London , moving into the jewel of the territory, Light Farm. Gardam is at her best with this novel, which won the Whitbread award in 1981