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






Another Wicked Woman

... and argue , only noticing the prismatic lights 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 .

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

Publisher:

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Category: Witchcraft

Page: 320

View: 835


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

Publisher:

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Category: Ballads, English

Page: 508

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Celestina

Flap those in the mouth , you old Filth , with your coggings and foistings , that
know you not ; for wee know you too well . CELEST . Why , what am I , Sempronio
? What do you know me to be ? Didst thou take me out of the Puteria . Broughtst ...

Author: Fernando de Rojas

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Picaresque literature

Page: 287

View: 940




The Works of Thomas Middleton

Your sin , like eagle ' s claws , past growth of time , All undermined with
destruction ' s vaults , Full of old filth , proceeding from new slime ; Else had you
been deformed , like to those Which were your friends , but now become your
foes .

Author: Thomas Middleton

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The Sunday teachers treasury ed by W M Whittemore

Let us see the Bedaween as he sports of European children are here is . Living
under hair tents , in squalor , quite unknown . At three years old filth , and
ignorance , his chivalry de - they are little men and women , with generates into
simple ...

Author: William Meynell Whittemore

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The Works of Ben Jonson

Then let the former age with this content her , She brought the poets forth , but
ours th ' adventer . ... Gorgonian scolds , and harpies : on the other Hung stench ,
diseases , and old filth , their mother , With famine , wants , and sorrows many a ...

Author: Ben Jonson

Publisher:

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Page: 907

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The Water cure Applied to Every Known Disease

treated according to the old medicir.e - régime . ... Then normal evacuation
ensues , and , after a length of time , perhaps several months , begins the
liberation and evacuation of the old filth of the bowels which has become like
unto hard ...

Author: J. H. Rausse

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Hydrotherapy

Page: 272

View: 327


The Water cure

treated according to the old medicine - régime . ... the same time , the rectum thus
regains its former energy . ... and , after a length of time , perhaps several months
, begins the liberation and evacuation of the old filth of the bowels , which has ...

Author: Heinrich F. Francke

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Hydrotherapy

Page: 272

View: 372


Miscellanies to the Graefenberg water cure or a demonstration of the advantages of the hydropathic method of curing diseases as compared with the medical Translated by C H Meeker

treated according to the old medicii e - régime . ... Then normal evacuation
ensues , and , after a length of time , perhaps several months , begins the
liberation and evacuation of the old filth of the bowels which has become like
unto ' ard ...

Author: J. H. RAUSSE (pseud. [i.e. Heinrich F. Francke.])

Publisher:

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Page: 15

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British Farmer s Magazine

... I maintain the heat of the body , but it is equally neceswould fain see more new
laid eggs upon his table , and sary to give them external warmth in imitation of
less old filth before his door . nature ; for when the sun heats sand or loose earth
 ...

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Category: Agriculture

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