Old Filth

Old Filth

Paperback - 2014
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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. This novel tells his story, from his birth in what was then Malaya to the extremities of his old age.
Publisher: London :, Abacus,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780349139494
Branch Call Number: FIC GAR
Characteristics: 259 pages ; 20 cm


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Jun 28, 2019

NYT Book review recommended by Denise Mina.

Sep 27, 2017

wonderful book....Old Filth is one of her best...if not the best!

Sep 21, 2017

I would concede that this book is well written but unfortunately the constant moving back and forth in time really interrupted the flow of the story for me.

Apr 19, 2017

Beautifully written. Very "Downton Abbey". There was sex and drugs and violence but it was conveyed in a very civilized manner. The upper class, for the most part, treat the dregs of the lower class with politeness and respect or they get their comeuppance - as it should be. People have to earn their station in life or they suffer for their mistakes. The next in the series is on it's way to me. Thank you Jane Gardam.

multcolib_susannel Jun 13, 2016

How did Malay-born Raj orphan Edward Feathers become a respected judge nicknamed Old Filth? This is his story.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Sir Edward Feathers, nicknamed Old Filth (Failed in London, Try Hong Kong), is a retired judge, an "orphan of the Raj" whose mother died in childbirth in Malaysia. A delightful man, we are told he is loved, admired and much discussed after his retirement by those who believed him to have had an unimaginative and uneventful life. It is not so. The novel is an exploration of his life, a detective story with a deep-buried murder - committed by a child - at its climax.

Dec 02, 2014

Wonderful new author for me. Well written and thoroughly good read.

Oct 30, 2014

'Old Filth' is Sir Edward Feathers nickname taken from the term 'failed in London, gone to Hong Kong,' a term used in the British Empire for those who never quite adapted to life back Home. He's a Raj orphan. This first book in the trilogy chronicles his life, which parallels much of the 20th century's major events. It's very funny and will have you wanting to read all three of Gardam's interconnected stories! Amazing.

Oct 08, 2014

Kipling would have loved this book about the British Raj as seen through an interesting character in his twilight years. Much better then the follow-up book.

Jul 29, 2014

patron review:

Fabulous story--1st in trilogy about a judge in Hong Kong who retires in England, his birth place.

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Jan 04, 2011

Filth is nickname of British retiree, former attorney, then judge, in Hong Kong. Acronym is Failed in London, try Hong Kong. His wife has recently died. Another judge has retired and moved next door, they always despised each other. Apparently, the wife had an affair with him. Sequel The Man in the Wooden Hat is wife's perspective.

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