The Man in the Wooden Hat Book
Score: 3.5
From 22 Ratings

The Man in the Wooden Hat


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Europa Editions
  • Release Date : 2009-10-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609450335

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The Man in the Wooden Hat Excerpt :

Second in the Old Filth trilogy. “An astute, subtle depiction of marriage . . . absolutely wonderful” (The Washington Post). Acclaimed as Jane Gardam’s masterpiece, Old Filth is a lyrical novel that recalls the fully lived life of Sir Edward Feathers. The Man in the Wooden Hat is the history of his marriage told from the perspective of his wife, Betty, a character as vivid and enchanting as Filth himself. They met in Hong Kong after the war. Betty had spent the duration in a Japanese internment camp. Filth was already a successful barrister, handsome, fast becoming rich, in need of a wife but unaccustomed to romance. A perfect English couple of the late 1940s. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the fifty-year union of two remarkable people, The Man in the Wooden Hat is a triumph. Fiction of a very high order from a great novelist working at the pinnacle of her considerable power, it will be read and loved and recommended by all the many thousands of readers who found its predecessor, Old Filth, so compelling and thoroughly satisfying. “Funny and affecting . . . It’s remarkable.” —The New York Times Book Review “The latest occasion to celebrate Gardam . . . [a] superb novel.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR “Told with quintessentially British humor . . . Gardam’s prose is witty and precise.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “It’s magnificent. . . . Funny, intelligent and immensely moving.” —Kirkus Reviews

Old Filth Book
Score: 4
From 63 Ratings

Old Filth


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Asians
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015059585177

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Old Filth Excerpt :

FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

Last Friends Book
Score: 3.5
From 20 Ratings

Last Friends


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Europa Editions
  • Release Date : 2013-04-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609451127

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Last Friends Excerpt :

“The satisfying conclusion to Gardam’s Old Filth trilogy offers exquisite prose, wry humor, and keen insights into aging and death” (The New Yorker). While Old Filth introduced readers to Sir Edward Feathers, his dreadful childhood, and his decades-long marriage, The Man in the Wooden Hat was his wife Betty’s story. Last Friends is Terence Veneering’s turn. His beginnings were not those of the usual establishment grandee. Filth’s hated rival in court and in love is the son of a Russian acrobat marooned in the English midlands and a local girl. He escapes the war and later emerges in the Far East as a man of panache and fame. The Bar treats his success with suspicion: Where did this handsome, brilliant Slav come from? This exquisite story of Veneering, Filth, and their circle tells a bittersweet tale of friendship and grace and of the disappointments and consolations of age. They are all, finally, each other’s last friend as this magnificent series ends with the deep and abiding satisfaction that only great literature provides. “[Gardam’s] prose sparkles with wit, compassion and humor. She keeps us entertained, and she keeps us guessing. Be thankful for her books. Be thankful for this trilogy, which is ultimately an elegy, created with deep affection.” —The Washington Post “Restores us to an era rich in spectacle and bristling with insinuation and intrigue. Vivid, spacious, superbly witty, and refreshingly brisk . . . the story (and the author) will endure.” —The Boston Globe “All three Gardam books are beautifully written but it’s a pleasure to note that Last Friends is the most enjoyable, the funniest and the most touching.” —National Post

Filth Book
Score: 3
From 21 Ratings

Filth


  • Author : Irvine Welsh
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-09-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781407018485

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Filth Excerpt :

Suitable only for persons of strong constitution. Contains: Drug use Perversion Murder Corruption Sexism Racism Law Enforcement And a tapeworm

The People On Privilege Hill Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The People On Privilege Hill


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Abacus
  • Release Date : 2013-01-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781405522359

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The People On Privilege Hill Excerpt :

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, named perhaps for the Prive-Lieges who arrived with the Normans, but more probably for the village privies. Ranging from a Victorian mansion converted into a home for unmarried mothers to a wartime hospital in the middle of the Blitz, from ghost stories to brilliant observations of love and loneliness in their various manifestations - including, in 'Pangbourne', a woman who falls in love with a gorilla - to reflections on the haphazard nature of intellect and memories in 'The Last Reunion', the stories in this collection mix Jane Gardam's trademark sardonic wit with a delicate tenderness and a touch of the surreal.

Dirty Old London Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Dirty Old London


  • Author : Lee Jackson
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-01-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300192056

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Dirty Old London Excerpt :

In Victorian London, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, household rubbish went uncollected, cesspools brimmed with "night soil," graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, the air itself was choked with smoke. In this intimately visceral book, Lee Jackson guides us through the underbelly of the Victorian metropolis, introducing us to the men and women who struggled to stem a rising tide of pollution and dirt, and the forces that opposed them. Through thematic chapters, Jackson describes how Victorian reformers met with both triumph and disaster. Full of individual stories and overlooked details--from the dustmen who grew rich from recycling, to the peculiar history of the public toilet--this riveting book gives us a fresh insight into the minutiae of daily life and the wider challenges posed by the unprecedented growth of the Victorian capital.

The Queen of the Tambourine Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

The Queen of the Tambourine


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Europa Editions
  • Release Date : 2007-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 239
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609450373

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The Queen of the Tambourine Excerpt :

Winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel of the Year: “Gardam’s portrait of an insanely imaginative woman in an elusive midlife crisis is impeccably drawn” (The Seattle Times). With prose that is vibrant and witty, The Queen of the Tambourine traces the emotional breakdown—and eventual restoration—of Eliza Peabody, a smart and wildly imaginative woman who has become unbearably isolated in her prosperous London neighborhood. The letters Eliza writes to her neighbor, a woman whom she hardly knows, reveal her self-propelled descent into madness. Eliza must reach the depths of her downward spiral before she can once again find health and serenity. This story of a woman’s confrontation with the realities of sanity will delight readers who enjoy the works of Anita Brookner, Sybille Bedford, Muriel Spark, and Sylvia Plath. “Excellently done . . . Manic delusions have never been so persuasive . . . Very moving when it is not being exceedingly funny.” —Anita Brookner, award-winning author of The Debut “British author Gardam, who won the Whitbread Award for this jigsaw puzzle of a novel, keeps up the suspense to the end, writing like a sorceress in the meantime.” —The Seattle Times “Brilliant.” —The Sunday Times “An ingenious, funny, satirical, sad story . . . Vivid and poignant.” —The Independent on Sunday “Wickedly comic . . . masterly and hugely enjoyable.” —Daily Mail “Marvelously subtle and moving.” —The Times (London)

Faith Fox Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Faith Fox


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Abacus
  • Release Date : 2012-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781405516211

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Faith Fox Excerpt :

When sweet, healthy hearty Holly Fox dies suddenly in childbirth, the Surrey village whose pearl she was reverberates with shock. She leaves behind her a helpless, silent husband, and a tiny daughter, Faith. Everyone assumes Holly's loving and capable mother Thomasina 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 - 'the very strangest people you ever saw my dear'. With wisdom, generosity, and understanding, Jane Gardam takes as her subject the English heart in all its eccentric variety. FAITH FOX sheds a clear, true light on the pain of bereavement whilst always offering the joyous possibility of a new beginning.

Black Faces  White Faces Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Black Faces White Faces


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Abacus
  • Release Date : 2012-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781405516181

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Black Faces White Faces Excerpt :

A loosely connected sequence of stories, offering vignettes of human foibles from the holiday island of Jamaica. Mrs Filling sees something nasty in the midday sun; an English lawyer dallies while his wife goes mad in England; sexuality flares and everywhere farce and racial tension lurk.

The Flight of the Maidens Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

The Flight of the Maidens


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Europa Editions
  • Release Date : 2017-08-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609454067

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The Flight of the Maidens Excerpt :

The Whitbread Award–winning author of the Old Filth trilogy captures a moment in time for three young women on the cusp of adulthood. Yorkshire, 1946. The end of the war has changed the world again, and, emboldened by this new dawning, Hetty Fallows, Una Vane, and Lieselotte Klein seize the opportunities with enthusiasm. Hetty, desperate to escape the grasp of her critical mother, books a solo holiday to the Lake District under the pretext of completing her Oxford summer coursework. Una, the daughter of a disconcertingly cheery hairdresser, entertains a romantically inclined young man from the wrong side of the tracks and the left-side of politics. Meanwhile, Lieselotte, the mysterious Jewish refugee from Germany, leaves the Quaker family who had rescued her, to test herself in London. Although strikingly different from one another, these young women share the common goal of adventure and release from their middle-class surroundings through romance and education. “Gardam’s lean, fast-paced prose is at turns hugely funny and deeply moving. . . . [Her] characters are acutely and compassionately observed.” —Atlantic Monthly “Quirky, enchanting . . . with lively, laugh-out loud elan.” —The Baltimore Sun “Splendid . . . Gardam’s style is perfect.” —The New York Times Book Review “With winning charm and wit . . . Gardam frames her story in dozens of crisp, brief scenes featuring deliciously dizzy conversation.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Ebullient, humorous, and wise, this is a novel to savor.” —Booklist “The portrait of postwar England as conventions crumble and the country is rebuilt is terrific.” —Publishers Weekly

Crusoe s Daughter Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Crusoe s Daughter


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2012-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781405516174

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Crusoe s Daughter Excerpt :

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 eighty-one years, while the century raged around her, while lamplight and Victorian order became chaos and nuclear dred. Crusoe's Daughter, ambitious, moving and wholly original, is her story.

Bilgewater Book

Bilgewater


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Abacus
  • Release Date : 2012-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781405516228

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Bilgewater Excerpt :

Marigold Green calls herself 'hideous, quaint and barmy'. Other people calle 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

God on the Rocks Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

God on the Rocks


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Abacus Software
  • Release Date : 2008-08-07
  • Genre: Bildungsromans
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN 10 : 0349121494

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God on the Rocks Excerpt :

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. And when the storm breaks, it is not only God who is on the rocks as the summer hurtles towards drama, tragedy, and a touch of farce.

The Old Geezers  an Anthology of Filth Book

The Old Geezers an Anthology of Filth


  • Author : Rebecca Ryatt
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-07-19
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 1079210857

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The Old Geezers an Anthology of Filth Excerpt :

From the first words it was totally sexy action ... you actually imagine that you are taking part or watching -- LES, AMAZON Rebecca Ryatt puts you in the story, making you feel like it's happening to you. Once I started I didn't want to put it down. She's that good -- RICHARD REEVES, AMAZON BRAND NEW EDITION WITH THREE EXTRA STORIES - THAT MAKES 18 HOT TALES FOR YOU TO ENJOY! From the filthy imagination of Rebecca Ryatt comes 18 sex-packed stories of gorgeous young babes putting wrinkly old guys through some very dirty mattress action. WARNING These stories are filthy and are only suitable for adult readers. The characters featured are all over the age of 18 and are consenting adults. If you like young-and-old erotica, this is the collection for you. WHAT YOU'LL GET WHEN YOU BUY THIS COLLECTION OLD BILL'S YOUNGER MODEL THE SEX WORKOUT PRESCRIPTION: SEX ARIANA AND THE ELDERLY VICARS THE GROOM'S GRANDPA SCORING WITH SHYLA SINK THE PINK HER GRANDAD'S DRINKING BUDDY... AND THREE OF HIS MATES THE DRIVING LESSON THE OLD MAN AT NO. SIXTY-NINE OLD VICAR, HOT BRIDE THREE CHRISTMAS CRACKERS (Santa's Horny Helper; Holly's Hot For Santa; Sluts For Santa's Elf) A TREAT IN TEXAS THE AWAKENING OF EMILY: ON DOCTOR'S ORDERS BED THE ELDERLY EXTRA HELPINGS Buy it now in paperback or for your Kindle reader, and check out more of Rebecca's stories - including her Older Women collections and her guide to help you write your erotic story.

The Old Filth Trilogy Book

The Old Filth Trilogy


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Europa Editions Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2014-11-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 1609452283

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The Old Filth Trilogy Excerpt :

Jane Gardam's beloved Old Filfth Trilogy--her masterpiece, Old Filfth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, and Last Friends--are here presented in a box set perfect for holiday gift-giving. Emotionally distant but highly successful Edward Feathers, his beautiful wife Betty, and his devilishly handsome professional rival (and Betty's one-time lover) Edward Veneering are the anchors of this series, with each novel focusing on a differenct character. Feathers was a "raj orphan"--children bown in Far East British colonies and raised in England--while Veneering's own path to legal renown is a Dickensian as his name. Filth and his circle tell a bittersweet tale of enduring friendship while contending with the disappointments and consolations of age as a once-insurmountable empire declines around them. Told with Jane Gardam's customary wit, the Old Filth trilogy is a deeply humane and often comic portrait of aging and a reminder that the experiences we choose to take with us in our twilight years are as unforgettable--and unpredictable as life itself.