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.
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"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)
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.
Deep, considered, authentic
The whole book took me to be in a different place, a place of luxurious velvet drapes, deep pile carpets and shining antique furniture
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.
Yes, it was my constant companion for a week and then so was the next book
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.
"My favourite audio book"
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.
It's like a warm hug from an old friend now
Try it - you really won't be disappointed
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