"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... show more
"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.
Publish date: June 1st 2006
Publisher: Europa Editions
Pages no: 290
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
Series: Old Filth (#1)
This was a solid, slightly fussy, slightly old-fashioned book about an essentially orphaned ex-pat, his extraordinary judicial life, and his "return" to England (where he had never actually lived for any period of time). the "Old filth" of the title is a reference to this character as well as (mata...
bookshelves: hong-kong, fraudio, published-2004, winter-20132014, period-piece, tbr-busting-2013, lit-richer, colonial-overlords, legal-courtcase Read from December 02, 2013 to January 02, 2014 From the description: Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer...
I think I must be losing my tolerance for books written to a theme, rather than the author’s burning desire to tell a story. This one is about Raj orphans, those children of parents busily engaged on the work of the British Empire in India or various parts of the Far East. While their parents swanne...
An unexpectedly excellent book that I bought because of the title and had come to dread reading. “Filth” stands for “failed in London try Hong Kong,” and the thumbnail story line is “Raj orphan British attorney who made a fortune in Hong Kong looks back at his life.” Sounds like such a yawn but it ...
Old Filth. "Failed in London, tried Hong Kong". He is an old man now, a former lawyer and then judge who personified England's colonialist outposts. His memories of his years as a 'Raj orphan', of his education and early career in England, and of those other lives that became intertwined with his,...
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