Old Filth

'Beautiful, vivid and defiantly funny' The Times 'This novel is surely Gardam's masterpiece.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405525487

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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'This witty modern classic is perfect lockdown reading' The Times 'I love Jane Gardam, especially Old Filth' Nina Stibbe 'Her work, like Sylvia Townsend Warner's, has that appealing combination of elegance, erudition and flinty wit' Patrick Gale 'One of the finest writers around. Old Filth has stayed with me for years...Can't think of anyone who achieves so much with so few words' Sathnam Sanghera 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 (Failed In London, Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the 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 demands of his 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. Jane Gardam has written a literary masterpiece that retraces much of the twentieth century's torrid and momentous history. Feathers' childhood in Malaya during the British Empire's heyday, his schooling in pre-war England, his professional success in Southeast Asia and his return to England toward the end of the millennium, are vantage points from which the reader can observe the march forward of an eventful era and the steady progress of that man, Sir Edward Feathers, Old Filth himself, who embodies the century's fate.


The Old Filth Trilogy

Emotionally distant but highly successful Edward Feathers, aka Old Filth, a man who “belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters” (TheNew York Times Book Review), his beautiful wife Betty, and his devilishly handsome ...

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Europa Editions

ISBN: 1609456440

Category: Fiction

Page: 569

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The complete “wonderfully entertaining trilogy” aboutthree British friends approaching their twilight years with bittersweet humor (The Washington Post). Jane Gardam’s beloved Old Filth Trilogy—including her masterpiece, Old Filth, voted one of the 100 greatest British novels in a BBC survey; The Man in the Wooden Hat; and Last Friends—are here presented in one volume. Emotionally distant but highly successful Edward Feathers, aka Old Filth, a man who “belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters” (TheNew York Times Book Review), his beautiful wife Betty, and his devilishly handsome professional rival (and Betty’s onetime lover) Edward Veneering are the anchors of this series, with each novel focusing on a different character. Feathers was a “raj orphan”—children born in Far East British colonies and raised in England—while Veneering managed to get out of his fishing village-turned-industrial-town just before the German bombs dropped (and his luck has held up pretty well ever since). The three tells a bittersweet tale of enduring friendship while contending with the disappointments and consolations of age, while a once-insurmountable empire declines around them. It forms a deeply humane and often comic portrait of aging, and a reminder that the experiences we choose to take with us in our twilight years are as unpredictable as life itself. “Her prose is so perceptive and fluid that it feels mentally healthful, exiling the noise and clutter of your mind as efficiently as a Schubert sonata. She could make actuarial tables pleasurable.”—The New York Times Book Review “Gardam is the best British writer you’ve never heard of.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR

The Old Filth Trilogy

Emotionally distant but highly successful Edward Feathers, his beautiful wife Betty, and his devilishly handsome professional rival (and Betty's one-time lover) Edward Veneering are the anchors of this series, with each novel focusing on a ...

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Europa Editions Incorporated

ISBN: 9781609452285

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Jane Gardam's beloved Old Filfth Trilogy--her masterpiece, Old Filfth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, and Last Friends--are here presented in a box set perfect for holiday gift-giving. Emotionally distant but highly successful Edward Feathers, his beautiful wife Betty, and his devilishly handsome professional rival (and Betty's one-time lover) Edward Veneering are the anchors of this series, with each novel focusing on a differenct character. Feathers was a "raj orphan"--children bown in Far East British colonies and raised in England--while Veneering's own path to legal renown is a Dickensian as his name. Filth and his circle tell a bittersweet tale of enduring friendship while contending with the disappointments and consolations of age as a once-insurmountable empire declines around them. Told with Jane Gardam's customary wit, the Old Filth trilogy is a deeply humane and often comic portrait of aging and a reminder that the experiences we choose to take with us in our twilight years are as unforgettable--and unpredictable as life itself.

Old Filth Book 1 Old Filth Trilogy

Long ago, Old Filth was a Raj orphan - one of the many children sent 'Home' to be fostered and educated in England. This book tells his story from birth to the extremities of old age.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780349118406

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Page: 272

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FILTH, in his heyday was an international lawyer with a practice in the Far East. Now, only the oldest QC's and Silks can remember that his nickname stood for Failed In London Try HongKong. Long ago, Old Filth was a Raj orphan - one of the many children sent 'Home' to be fostered and educated in England. This book tells his story from birth to the extremities of old age.

Last Friends

Last Friends, the final volume of this trilogy, picks up with Terence Veneering, Filth's great rival in work and - though it was never spoken of - in love.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748130187

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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'It's a cliche to compare novelists to Jane Austen, but in the case of Jane Gardam it happens to be true. Her diamond-like prose, her understanding of the human heart, her formal inventiveness and her sense of what it is to be alive - young, old, lonely, in love - never fades' Amanda Craig 'Her work, like Sylvia Townsend Warner's, has that appealing combination of elegance, erudition and flinty wit' Patrick Gale 'Sharp, humane, generous and wonderfully funny, she is one of our very finest writers' Hilary Mantel Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize. Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat told with bristling tenderness and black humour the stories of that Titan of the Hong Kong law courts, Old Filth QC, and his clever, misunderstood wife Betty. Last Friends, the final volume of this trilogy, picks up with Terence Veneering, Filth's great rival in work and - though it was never spoken of - in love. Veneering's were not the usual beginnings of an establishment silk: the son of a Russian acrobat marooned in northeast England and a devoted local girl, he escapes the war to emerge in the Far East as a man of panache, success and fame. But, always, at the stuffy English Bar he is treated with suspicion: where did this blond, louche, brilliant Slav come from? Veneering, Filth and their friends tell a tale of love, friendship, grace, the bittersweet experiences of a now-forgotten Empire and the disappointments and consolations of age.

The Man in the Wooden Hat

The Man in the Wooden Hat is the history of his marriage told from the perspective of his wife, Betty, a character as vivid and enchanting as Filth himself. They met in Hong Kong after the war.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Europa Editions

ISBN: 1609450337

Category: Fiction

Page: 233

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Second in the Old Filth trilogy. “An astute, subtle depiction of marriage . . . absolutely wonderful” (The Washington Post). Acclaimed as Jane Gardam’s masterpiece, Old Filth is a lyrical novel that recalls the fully lived life of Sir Edward Feathers. The Man in the Wooden Hat is the history of his marriage told from the perspective of his wife, Betty, a character as vivid and enchanting as Filth himself. They met in Hong Kong after the war. Betty had spent the duration in a Japanese internment camp. Filth was already a successful barrister, handsome, fast becoming rich, in need of a wife but unaccustomed to romance. A perfect English couple of the late 1940s. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the fifty-year union of two remarkable people, The Man in the Wooden Hat is a triumph. Fiction of a very high order from a great novelist working at the pinnacle of her considerable power, it will be read and loved and recommended by all the many thousands of readers who found its predecessor, Old Filth, so compelling and thoroughly satisfying. “Funny and affecting . . . It’s remarkable.” —The New York Times Book Review “The latest occasion to celebrate Gardam . . . [a] superb novel.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR “Told with quintessentially British humor . . . Gardam’s prose is witty and precise.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “It’s magnificent. . . . Funny, intelligent and immensely moving.” —Kirkus Reviews



Ghost Girl

the vacant-eyed fighter named Old Filth to get out of the ring and Gibson to return. "They want the fight to go ahead as planned," Quin said.

Author: C.J. Archer

Publisher: C.J. Archer

ISBN: 0992583438

Category: Fiction

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE FREAK HOUSE BOOKS "This was one fantastic read! A really fascinating story which I couldn't put down, so this is easily a 5 stars. Isn't there a 6 star option?" ~ reviewer Corazie "Excellent read that sucks you in till the end" ~ reviewer Moon Cat "Fantastic Gothic Mystery." ~ reviewer Karen Fowler DESCRIPTION Cara Moreau is dying from a supernatural curse. Her only chance of survival lies with the warrior, an enigmatic man who comes from a realm "in between." Quin St. Clair lived hundreds of years ago, but now exists solely to protect the world he once called home. That's all he will tell Cara, the woman he must keep alive by remaining close to her. Very close. But Cara is determined to discover more answers as she grows to like her warrior. While they search for the book of spells and the cure contained within its pages, their feelings for one another can no longer be denied. But what will happen when Cara is cured and Quin's assignment is complete? And can she trust this mysterious man with the book if they find it? As friends and family from the previous Freak House novels help them, and old and new foes vie for power, Quin and Cara must not allow their feelings to get in the way of their task. Or Cara's life, and Quin's afterlife, may be cut short. GHOST GIRL is the start of the 3rd Freak House Trilogy. You do not have to read the 1st and 2nd trilogies to enjoy the 3rd. Keywords: ghosts, spirits, paranormal romance, paranormal fantasy, historical fantasy, victorian era, victorian historical romance, interracial, diverse, demons, mediums, historical paranormal, woman of color

English Sanitary Institutions

... be disobeyed in spirit , and in which the old filth - diseases have been still going on at their old rate ? what , in short , as to the very numerous cases in which the legally - required local measures against filth are not taken ?

Author: Sir John Simon

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Category: Electronic books

Page: 496

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Another Wicked Woman

... on the shimmering surface , reflected by the sunshine . Then we cry , Oh , how beautiful ! See what light and air will do ! But the old filth remains , the same old defiling filth , only we do not see it . 72 ANOTHER WICKED WOMAN .

Author: G. A. Grant-Forbes

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Page: 188

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Witch Stories

The next morning the good wife met the suspected witch— " the old filth , ” she calls her with more emphasis than euphony . “ Lord , how sowerly she looked upon me , and mumbled as she went ! Ah , quoth she , you have an honest man to ...

Author: Elizabeth Lynn Linton

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Category: Witchcraft

Page: 320

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Ballads from Manuscripts 1

Old filth and trash is not the less filth and trash because it is old . Yours A shower - bath of this kind is always invigorating . It takes 6 away your breath for the moment ; then comes a 276 THE BLASPHEMING ENGLISH LUTHERANS .

Author: Frederick James Furnivall

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Category: Ballads, English

Page: 508

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Ballads from Manuscripts

Old filth and trash is not the less filth and trash because it is old . Yours A shower - bath of this kind is always invigorating . It takes 6 66 away your breath for the moment ; then comes a 276 THE BLASPHEMING ENGLISH LUTHERANS .

Author: Ballad Society (London, England)

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ISBN:

Category: Ballads, English

Page: 59

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The Man in the Wooden Hat Book 2 Old Filth Trilogy

Written from the perspective of Filth's wife, Betty, this is a story which will make the reader weep for the missed opportunities, while laughing aloud for the joy and the wit.

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780701177980

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Page: 224

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Written from the perspective of Filth's wife, Betty, this is a story which will make the reader weep for the missed opportunities, while laughing aloud for the joy and the wit. Filth (Failed In London Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the War. Reserved, immaculate and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions. But Elisabeth is different - a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese Internment Camps, which killed both her parents, but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East. No wonder she is attracted to Filth's hated rival at the Bar - the brash, forceful Veneering. Veneering has a Chinese wife and an adored son - and no difficulty whatsoever in demonstrating his emotions ... How Elisabeth turns into Betty, and whether she remains loyal to stolid Filth or swept up by caddish Veneering, make for a page-turning plot, in a lovely novel which is full of surprises and revelations, as well as the humour and eccentricities for which Jane Gardam's writing is famous.

Passages of a Working Life

In Swift's wonderful piece of solemn humour , the account of Partridge's death , he makes the old sinner confess his “ impositions on the people , " and say , “ We have a common form for all these things : as to foretelling the weather ...

Author: Charles Knight

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Category: Publishers and publishing

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