Old Filth

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,447 ratings

Old Filth Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • Old Filth

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcom
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 849
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 714
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 710

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader

    • By Michele Kellett on 05-08-11

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Old Filth

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 2

    • The Man in the Wooden Hat

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 411
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great read

    • By RBL on 05-07-12

    Regular price: $17.95

    • The Man in the Wooden Hat

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    Regular price: $19.62

  • Book 3

    • Last Friends

    • Old Filth Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Roger Watson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 148

    This is the third book in the Old Filth trilogy ( Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, Last Friends). Last Friends depicts the marriage of Edward Feathers and Betty as seen through the eyes of Edward’s friend and Betty's lover Terry Veneering.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bring back Graeme Malcolm!

    • By Marion on 10-03-14

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Last Friends

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    Regular price: $20.24