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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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    Miss Saffron Walden, United Kingdom 22/07/2017
    Miss Saffron Walden, United Kingdom 22/07/2017
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    "Purpose??"

    This book looks back at the life of an old barrister and judge as he comes to the end of his life, so prepare for jumping around in time and location, and only having answers to some questions posed at the beginning resolved at the end.

    The narrator was great. I easily listened to this through a number of car journeys, but would probably have been frustrated if I'd read this as a book, ie dedicating time and effort especially for this. The end result feels like, life is pretty pointless. There seems to be no reason put forward by the author for life, or a moral of sorts, so felt a bit empty by the end.

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    Klosterneuburg Kid 23/05/2017

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    "Interesting read"

    Very interesting, especially if you like Passage to India. Supplements one's understanding of the Raj well. The boy's childhood makes one's heart ache.

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    William 04/05/2017
    William 04/05/2017
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    "Memory and desire"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel which reminds me of Moving and a God in Ruins. I am a big fan of the narrator. I am sad that it has ended.

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    Elizabeth 04/04/2017
    Elizabeth 04/04/2017
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    "Superb in every way"

    A wonderful life told in glorious descriptive prose that painted characters and scenes with extraordinary clarity, and read absolutely superbly. I am not one for superlatives, but this was truly a great listen. I can't recommend Old Filth highly enough.

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    Tessi 22/11/2016
    Tessi 22/11/2016
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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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