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Shortlisted for the 2014 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, Betty. Last 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.

Veneering's were not the usual beginnings of an establishment silk: the son of a Russian acrobat marooned in Northeast England and a devoted local girl, he escapes the war to emerge in the Far East as a man of panache, success, and fame. But always at the stuffy English Bar he is treated with suspicion: where did this blond, louche, brilliant Slav come from?

Veneering, Filth, and their friends tell a tale of love, friendship, grace, the bittersweet experiences of a now-forgotten empire, and the disappointments and consolations of age.

©2013 Jane Gardam (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"An ambitious and complex portrait of extraordinary times." ( Guardian)

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Jane will transport you to another time & place making you wish you knew the characters personally

Top of my list to listen again . knew this was part of a trilogy & paced myself as l enjoyed them so much . this is the third book that ties up all the characters . Looking forward to JG other books .

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All three books an absolute utter delight

I haven’t heard any books for a long time that have been as wonderful as Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, and Last Friends. Bill Wallace is a fantastic (underlined, italicised, highlighted, and in bold) narrator. Glad I’ve heard them, sad that I’ve finished, magic squared

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Wonderful trilogy beautifully read

Absolutely wonderful story beautifully written and read. You should read the trilogy in order for maximum effect.
Superbly read by Bill Wallis. Didn’t want it to end.