Old Filth (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2006 - Fiction - 256 pages
575 Reviews
"Jane Gardam's beautiful, vivid and defiantly funny novel is a must." The Times

"Gardam's superb new novel is surely her masterpiece . . . one of the most moving fictions I have read in years . . . This is the rare novel that drives its readers forward while persistently waylaying and detaining by the sheer beauty and inventiveness of it style." The Guardian

"The Whitbread winner scores again with a compelling novel based, in part, on the early life of Rudyard Kipling." Time Out

Sir Edward Feathers has progressed from struggling young barrister to wealthy expatriate lawyer to distinguished retired judge, living out his last days in comfortable seclusion in Dorset. The engrossing and moving account of his life, from birth in colonial Malaya, to Wales, where he is sent as a "Raj orphan," to Oxford, his career and marriage, parallels much of the 20th century's torrid and twisted history.

Old Filth was nominated for the 2005 Orange Prize.
  

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Well written, well paced and great characterisation - Goodreads
Difficult to read - felt very awkward and old. - Goodreads
I love Gardam's writing. - Goodreads
The plot, such as it is, is somewhat inconsequential. - Goodreads
Book club selection--everyone loved this book - Goodreads
A very English book in prose. - Goodreads

Review: Old Filth (Old Filth #1)

User Review  - Kenneth Elliott Iltz - Goodreads

I had never heard of Jane Gardam until I read a review of one of her books a few months back. If you were to guess what Old Filth is about you would suspect something about pornography. Not the case ... Read full review

Review: Old Filth (Old Filth #1)

User Review  - Leslie Hutchings - Goodreads

Well written enjoyable and somewhat sad. Totally surprise ending Read full review

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Contents

INNER TEMPLE
THE DONHEADS
KOTAKINAKULU
INNER TEMPLE
WALES
THE DONHEADS
THE OUTFIT
TULIPS
A LIGHT HOUSE
PART TWO
INNER TEMPLE
THE WATCH
TO COLOMBO
THE DONHEADS
CHAMBERS
LAST RITES

THE FERMENT
THE DONHEADS
SCHOOL
THE TIME OF FRENZY
A LIGHT HOUSE
WANDSWORTH
THE REVELATION
THE INNER TEMPLE GARDEN
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Jane Gardam has twice won the Whitbread Award, for The Hollow Land, and Queen of the Tambourine. She is also the author of God on the Rocks, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and most recently, Faith Fox.

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