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    • Old Filth

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lovely Tale of an Interesting Life

    • By mollyeyre on 10-02-18

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Last Friends

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jane will transport you to another time & place making you wish you knew the characters personally

    • By barbara on 26-11-17

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Man in the Wooden Hat

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    Filth ( Failed in London, Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the war. Reserved, immaculate, and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions.

    But Elisabeth is different - a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese internment camps, which killed both her parents but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East. No wonder she is attracted to Filth's hated rival at the bar - the brash, forceful Veneering.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must read .. i was transported to another time & place

    • By barbara on 27-10-17

    Regular price: £18.99

    • A Long Way from Verona

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Kate Sachs
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    'I ought to tell you at the beginning that I am not quite normal having had a violent experience at the age of nine'. Jessica Vye's 'violent experience' colours her schooldays and her reaction to the world around her - a confining world of wartime restrictions, Viyella dresses, nicely-restrained essays and dusty tea shops. For Jessica has been told that she is 'beyond all possible doubt', a born writer.

    Regular price: £13.49

    • God on the Rocks

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Maggie Ollerenshaw
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 9

    During one glorious summer between the wars, the realities of life and the sexual ritual dance of the adult world creep into the life of young Margaret Marsh. Her father, preaching the doctrine of the unsavoury Primal Saints; her mother, bitterly nostalgic for what might have been; Charles and Binkie, anchored in the past and a game of words; dying Mrs Frayling and Lydia the maid, given to the vulgar enjoyment of life - all contribute to Margaret's shattering moment of truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved it

    • By MargaretLucie on 14-05-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Flight of the Maidens

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: June Barrie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    This delightful novel describes the post-war summer of 1946 - and follows the growing-up of three young women in the months between leaving school and taking up their scholarships at university. Una Vane, whose widowed mother runs a hairdressing salon in her front room, goes bicycling with Ray, the boy who delivers the fish and milk. Hetty Fallowes struggles to become independent of her possessive, loving, tactless mother. And Lieselotte Klein, uncovers tragedy in the past and magic in the present.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A charming book

    • By Kirstine on 16-02-10

    Regular price: £18.79

    • The People on Privilege Hill

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Jane Gardam
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    It is a wet day in Dorset, and walking to a luncheon party is Sir Edward Feathers QC, followed by two elderly friends: his scruffy neighbour and sparring partner, Veneering, and Fiscal-Smith, the meanest lawyer ever to make a fortune at the Bar. Fans of Jane Gardam's bestselling novel, Old Filth, will be delighted to encounter Filth, now almost ninety, making his immaculate way to Privilege Hill.

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Thalia Book Club: An Evening with Jane Gardam

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Stacy Schiff, Paul Hecht
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
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    In a rare New York appearance, the beloved British author of Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat, the funny, romantic and surprising paired novels about a 50-year marriage between a crusty British barrister and his sparkling surprising Betty, discusses these books and Last Friends, her brand-new third chapter in this remarkable series. Paul Hecht will read from the book. In conversation with Stacy Schiff (Cleopatra).

    Regular price: £2.59

    • Crusoe's Daughter

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    In 1904, when she was six, Polly Flint went to live with her two holy aunts at the yellow house by the marsh - so close to the sea that it seemed to toss like a ship, so isolated that she might have been marooned on an island. And there she stayed for 81 years, while the century raged around her, while lamplight and Victorian order became chaos and nuclear dread. Crusoe's Daughter, ambitious, moving and wholly original, is her story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyed it

    • By Ms on 10-07-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Stories

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: John Telfer, Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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      2 out of 5 stars 1
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    Throughout her career prize-winning novelist Jane Gardam has been writing glorious short stories, each one hallmarked with all the originality, poignancy, wry comedy, and narrative brilliance of her longer fiction. Passion and longing, metamorphosis and enchantment are Gardam's themes, and like a magician she plucks them from the quietest of corners: from Wimbledon gardens and cold churches, from London buses and industrial backstreets.

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Bilgewater

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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    Marigold Green calls herself ‘hideous, quaint and barmy’. Other people call her Bilgewater, a corruption of Bill’s daughter. Growing up in a boys’ school where her father is housemaster, she is convinced of her own plainness and peculiarity. Groomed by the wise and loving Paula, upstaged by bad, beautiful Grace and ripe for seduction by entirely the wrong sort of boy, she suffers extravagantly and comically in her pilgrimage through the turbulent, twilight world of alarming adolescence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story, beautifully narrated

    • By LindyLou on 23-03-17

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Summer after the Funeral

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Maggie Ollerenshaw
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A rather mysterious old clergyman is dead, and his daughter, 16-year-old Athene is desolate. A beauty, she is also lonely and living a fantasy life. Athene’s mother dispatches her to spend the holidays with assorted friends and relatives. And for Athene that golden summer after the funeral becomes delicious fodder for her fantasy.

    Regular price: £12.29

    • The Man in the Wooden Hat

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam's masterpiece. And now that novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, this novel is a triumph.

    Regular price: £16.89

    • Faith Fox

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: June Barrie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When sweet, healthy, hearty Holly Fox dies suddenly in childbirth, the Surrey village reverberates with shock. She leaves behind a helpless, silent husband and a tiny daughter, Faith. Everyone assumes Holly's loving and capable mother will look after Faith, but when she unaccountably deserts her newborn grandchild, the baby must be packed off to her father's peculiar family in the North...

    Regular price: £19.69

    • HiBrow: The Folio Prize Fiction Festival

    • By: Eimear McBride, Paul Baggaley, Sergio De La Pava, and others
    • Narrated by: Eimear McBride, Paul Baggaley, Sergio De La Pava, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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    The three-day Folio Prize Fiction Festival 2014 brought together some great writers and audiences and gave them a real opportunitey to talk in depth about their work and similar subjects. The festival included interviews and discussions with top writers, novelists, poets, critics and publishers, including Eimear McBride, Paul Baggaley, Sergio De La Pava, Rachel Kushner, Sarah Hall, Pankaj Mishra, Stephanie Merritt, Jane Gardam and Mark Haddon. 

    Regular price: £3.99

    • Missing the Midnight

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Jane Gardam reveals again her brilliant diversity and deep understanding of the human condition. In "Light", an evocative, lyrical piece of magic realism, a beautiful Himalayan girl defies the destiny laid out for her by her mother but in so doing destroys the village in which she was born. In "Missing the Midnight", a young woman, having failed her exams and lost the man she loves, journeys home on Christmas Eve to the family she despises.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Ein untadeliger Mann

    • Edward Feathers 1
    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Ulrich Noethen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Alles an Edward Feathers ist ohne Fehl und Tadel - seine Garderobe, seine Manieren und sein Ruf als glänzender Anwalt. Nun ist er alt und muss mit dem Tod seiner Frau Betty zurechtkommen, so wie er immer mit allem zurechtgekommen ist. Nie hat er darüber gesprochen, wie es war, als Vierjähriger aus einer glücklichen Kindheit in Malaysia gerissen und zu einer hartherzigen Pflegemutter nach Wales verschickt zu werden. Seine perfekte Haltung täuscht alle und manchmal sogar ihn selbst. Doch mit Bettys Tod bricht etwas in ihm auf. Und so setzt er sich an einem Wintermorgen ans Steuer seines Wagens und fährt los, das eigene Leben zu erkunden.

    Regular price: £8.69

    • Weit weg von Verona

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Loibl
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Jessica sagt bedingungslos und in den unmöglichsten Momenten die Wahrheit. Ihr Widerwille gegen Anpassung bringt sie in dem kleinen englischen Badeort ständig in verquere Situationen. Sie hat genau eine Freundin - der Rest ihrer kleinen kriegsüberschatteten Welt begegnet ihr mit einer Mischung aus Faszination und Abscheu. Aber das ist ihr egal, denn eigentlich braucht sie all ihre explosive Kraft, um Schriftstellerin zu werden. Oder ist sie das schon? "Weit weg von Verona" ist Jane Gardams erster Roman. Doch er enthält bereits all das, wofür sie bewundert wird - die atmosphärische Stärke, den Mut zum Geheimnis und ihren besonderen Witz.

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Die Leute von Privilege Hill

    • Erzählungen
    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Ulrike C. Tscharre, Martin Baltscheit, Felix von Manteuffel, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
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    Dass Jane Gardam hinreißende Romane schreibt, war eine der wunderbaren Entdeckungen der letzten Jahre. Nun gibt es einen weiteren Schatz zu heben, Gardams Erzählungen: Hetty, die Familienmutter, die bei der Begegnung mit ihrem ehemaligen Liebhaber in einen somnambulen Zustand gerät. Der verstummte chinesische Junge, der einen vom Himmel gestürzten Schwan rettet und zur Sprache zurückfindet. Sie alle berühren uns und entwickeln ein Eigenleben, das über den Kosmos der Geschichten hinausgeht.

    Regular price: £13.89

    • Letzte Freunde

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Felix von Manteuffel
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Es ist Abscheu auf den ersten Blick, die Edward Feathers und Terry Veneering, die glänzendsten Juristen des Empire, ein Leben lang verbindet. Als ebenbürtige Gegner in zahllosen Prozessen hassen sie einander schon, bevor sie sich in dieselbe Frau verlieben. Und es wird ein Leben lang dauern, bis sie bemerken, dass sie ebenso gut Freunde sein könnten. Was hat Feathers' Frau Betty so angezogen an Veneering, der mit der schönsten Frau Hongkongs verheiratet ist?

    Regular price: £11.79

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