Last Friends

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Little, Brown, 2013 - General fiction - 215 pages
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.

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User Review  - spiralsheep - LibraryThing

44/2020. I read this from the library to decide whether I wanted to order Fight of the Maidens by the same author. I liked the writing style. The contents were occasionally oblique, and I didn't find ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laura1124 - LibraryThing

I loved this trilogy. Read them one after the other in almost no time and I cannot believe novels of so few words can convey so much so vividly. I think I will do a very rare thing and read them again. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

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.

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