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Old Filth Audiobook

Old Filth

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Publisher's Summary

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. In so doing, she not only encapsulates a whole period from the glory days of British Empire, through the Second World War, to the present and beyond, but also illuminates the complexities of the character known variously as Eddie, the Judge, Fevvers, Filth, Master of the Inner Temple, Teddy and Sir Edward Feathers.

©2004 Jane Gardam (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A magnificent, deeply moving and compassionate portrait of an era and a sentimental education. Please read it." (Daily Mail)

"Beautiful, vivid and defiantly funny." (The Times)

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    Tracey Toowong, Australia 25/01/2017
    Tracey Toowong, Australia 25/01/2017 Member Since 2015

    I'm a middle-aged career woman who has no time to read, the book must be intelligent and grab me straight away, love thrillers.

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    If you could sum up Old Filth in three words, what would they be?

    Deep, considered, authentic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Filth?

    The whole book took me to be in a different place, a place of luxurious velvet drapes, deep pile carpets and shining antique furniture


    What does Bill Wallace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Bill is a genius. He doesn't just read this book, he embodies it and becomes the characters. He brought just as much talent and enjoyment to the book as the author did in writing it. In fact, I would probably not have read the book, it is in fact more enjoyable to listen to because of Bill's portrayals of the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was my constant companion for a week and then so was the next book


    Any additional comments?

    Gives a deep insiders view into the human psyche, and how the experiences we grow up with shape and form us in adult life. I did feel so terrible for Filth, Teddy, but he did not ever feel sorry for himself. I believe this book has made me think about life in without even realising it. Genius writing. So true, so authentic, more like a biography, I don't know how Jane Gardam got inside her characters so well.

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  • Tessi
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    22/11/16
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    "My favourite audio book"
    What made the experience of listening to Old Filth the most enjoyable?

    After at least five years, this is still my favourite audio book, along with A Thousand Splendid Suns.

    A lovely story and very well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Have you listened to any of Bill Wallace’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    His best


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's like a warm hug from an old friend now


    Any additional comments?

    Try it - you really won't be disappointed

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