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Old Filth By Jane Gardam

Old Filth
by Jane Gardam

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A genuine masterpiece - funny, brilliant, wise: - 'runner-up' (the GUARDIAN) for the Orange Prize.
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Old Filth Summary


Old Filth: From the Orange Prize shortlisted author by Jane Gardam

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 of the many young children sent 'Home' from the East to be fostered and educated in England. Jane Gardam's new novel tells his story, from his birth in what was then Malaya to the extremities of his old age. Brilliantly constructed - going backwards and forwards in time, yet constantly working towards the secret at its core - OLD FILTH is funny and heart-breaking, witty and peopled with characters who astonish, dismay and delight the reader. Jane Gardam is as sensitive to the 'jungle' within children as she is to the eccentricities of the old. A touch of magic combines with compassion, humour and delicacy to make OLD FILTH a genuine masterpiece.

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Old Filth Reviews


A well-executed plot, fascinating characters, humorous moments, varied settings, a study of the ageing process; this book is a thoroughly enjoyable read and offers plenty for discussion. NEW BOOKS MAGAZINE A novel of great perception and quietly killing prose. INDEPENDENT Gardam invents an apparently composed character, and then disassembles him into pieces which- on closer inspection-look jagged and in poor repair: unhappy memories, cooled emotions, a broken heart. INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Gardam, the supreme novelist of young girls, also does old age brilliantly and proves that she can penetrate the male psyche too. GUARDIAN WEEKLY

About Jane Gardam


Jane Gardam has been awarded the Heywood Hill Literary Prize for a lifetime's contribution to the enjoyment of literature; has twice won a Whitbread Award and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She was awarded an OBE in January 2009.

Additional information

GOR001089991
Old Filth: From the Orange Prize shortlisted author by Jane Gardam
Jane Gardam
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
2005-10-27
272
034911840X
9780349118406
Short-listed for Orange Prize 2005
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