Old Filth.

by Jane Gardam

Publisher: W.F. Howes in Leicester

Written in English
Published: Pages: 358 Downloads: 775
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Number of Pages358
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Open LibraryOL16338204M
ISBN 101845057228

Old Filth (Book): Gardam, Jane: First in the Old Filth trilogy. A New York Times Notable Book. Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters (The New York Times Book Review). 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 (FILTH being an acronym for Failed . Gardam's first book was a children's novel, A Long Way From Verona, a year-old girl's first-person narrative, it was published in It won the Phoenix Award from the Children's Literature Association in , which recognizes the best children's book published twenty years earlier that did not win a major award. Old Filth (Book): Gardam, Jane: "FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places"- . Old Filth Jane Gardam, Author. Europa $ (p) ISBN More By and About This Author. OTHER BOOKS. The Stories of Jane Gardam; Through the Dolls' House Door Buy this book.

"Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters" (The New York Times Book Review). 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 (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected Reviews: The book actually begins with a retired Old Filth cast adrift by the sudden death of Betty, his wife, in Dorset. They never had children. Impetuously, he decides to connect with those two girl cousins, who are both dotty in their way. He also hears from another woman who played a significant part in his past - the cousin of his school friend s: Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat are two sides of the same story: the former from the point of view of former Barrister Sir Edward Feathers (the eponymous Old Filth) and the latter from that of his wife Betty. Both books are very worth reading but Old Filth, which was published first is the greater experience/5(). 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.

Shortlisted for the 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, 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.

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Old Filth is an end of life story. The title is the nickname and old joke of the central character - Failed in London, try Hong Kong - a former judge, barrister, and abused child. The novel's chapters alternate between the/5.

For those who relish learning, or learning more, about life in what for most of us are unusual, even exotic, locations and cultures, "Old Filth" is a very good read.

For those who enjoy delving into not-so-obvious aspects of history, especially that of the British Empire, this is a very good read/5(). This mordantly funny novel examines the life of Sir Edward Feathers, a desiccated barrister known to colleagues and friends as Old Filth (the nickname stands for "Failed in London Try Hong Kong").

After a lucrative career in /5(). Old Filth, a historical novel by Jane Mary Gardam, OBE, is the first in a trilogy. Published in to much critical acclaim, the book centers on an elderly man looking back on his life and trying to make sense of the past.

It was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Old Filth begins with a short ‘scene,’ in which four Benchers discuss an absent character by the name Old Filth (we later learn his name is actually Edward Feathers).

We learn the Filth is an acronym—Failed In London Try Hong Kong—which describes this character’s career. Sir Edward Feathers, QC, began his existence late in life in Jane Gardam’s novel Old Filth, first published in this country in The title comes from Feathers’s sobriquet, an acronym of Failed Old Filth.

book London Try Hong Kong. Old Filth reads these letters but does not evidently register what they say. When, in one of the novel’s many unexpected twists, Veneering moves into a neighboring house, the two old. Jane Gardam's first novel was published inand her introduction to the Old Filth trilogy in this reprint is fromwhen she was already The trilogy is an astonishing achievement for later life – published when she was at le and drawing on Reviews:   Old Filth was followed by The Man in the Woman Hat in and Last Friends inall part of the Old Filth cycle.

I am reminded of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead novels, viewing several lives from different perspectives in different angles. Old Filth is Edward Feathers, a retired judge whose nickname came from “Failed in London, try Hong Kong.”.

Book Summary Sir Edward Feathers has progressed from struggling young barrister to wealthy expatriate lawyer to distinguished retired judge, living out his last days in. Editions for Old Filth: (Paperback published in ), (Kindle Edition published in ), (Hardcover published in ), (Kindle E.

Rich in such moving perspectives, Old Filth is even richer in its tragicomic style. This is the rare novel that drives its reader for ward while persistently waylaying and detaining by Author: Stevie Davies.

Filth is a novel by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh. A sequel, Crime, was published in It was adapted into a film of the same name, directed Author: Irvine Welsh.

Old Filth, by Jane Gardam Mild, ageing eccentrics are Jane Gardam's forte. In her new novel she brings to life an Inner Temple legend: Sir Edward Feathers, known as Old Filth.

The moniker is not Author: Marianne Brace. How did Old Filth view women. What framed those views. This book also covers the aging process what happens to us as our bodies begin to give out yet we feel as young as ever do you think the author did a good job of painting that picture. How would you describe the mood of this book.

Somber. Funny. Realistic. Tragedy. Overview First in the Old Filth trilogy. A New York Times Notable Book. “Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters” (The Brand: Europa Editions, Incorporated. Book One in Jane Gardam's Old Filth Trilogy 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 (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the English bar.5/5(5).

This mordantly funny novel examines the life of Sir Edward Feathers, a desiccated barrister known to colleagues and friends as Old Filth (the nickname stands for “Failed in London Try Hong Kong”). Fans of Jane Gardam can trace her origins as an author all the way to ‘Black Faces, White Faces’, a book that Jane had published in Though, it is understandable if some people do not recognize the book, which was targeted towards adults, because it is a collection of stories about Jamaica many of which are linked.

Filth in fact was no great maker of jokes, was not at all modest about his work and seldom, except in great extremity, went in for whims. He was loved, however, admired, laughed at kindly and still much discussed many years after retirement.” ― Jane Gardam, quote from Old Filth.

Old Filth By Jane Gardam Chatto & Windus, $ Don't judge this book by its title. The central character, year-old former judge Sir Edward Feathers, is not in the least filthy. Handsome. First in the Old Filth trilogy. A New York Times Notable Book. "Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters" (The New York Times Book Review).

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 (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) 3/5(1).

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 novel tells his story, from his birth in what was then Malaya to the extremities of his old age.

Old Filth is the story of Sir Edward Feathers, a successful lawyer and then judge, now retired. The novel moves back and forth in time, revisiting his childhood and formative years as well as focussing on his last attempts in the present to deal with the past after the death of his wife.

Though Gardam had written multiple award-winning books before, none of them took off the way Old Filth did—it became a New York Times Notable Book, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and earned Gardam multiple comparisons to Charles Dickens. Most attribute the books' success to Jane Gardam's dazzling writing.

Old Filth (Book): Gardam, Jane: First in the Old Filth trilogy. A New York Times Notable Book. Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters (The New York Times Book Review).

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 (FILTH being an.

The story begins when Filth is an old man, living alone in the English countryside, his beloved wife Betty recently dead, then alternates fluidly between old age and childhood and youth, which had its bright spots.

Filth has repressed memories of Ma Didds’s regime, which he ended dramatically with the help of her other charges, his cousins. This Study Guide consists of approximately 84 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Old Filth.

Old Filth is essentially dedicated to the portrait of one character. It introduces him by way of his colleagues, and.

Book One in Jane Gardam's Old Filth Trilogy 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 (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the English bar.

First in the Old Filth trilogy. A New York Times Notable Book. “Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters” (The New York Times Book Review).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 (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong).

Old Filth | First in the Old Filth trilogy. A New York Times Notable Book. "Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters" (The New York Times Book Review).

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 (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Brand: Europa Editions.The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature.

A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam's masterpiece. And now that novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the. 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.5/5(1).