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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2004 Jane Gardam (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A magnificent, deeply moving and compassionate portrait of an era and a sentimental education. Please read it." (Daily Mail)
"Beautiful, vivid and defiantly funny." (The Times)
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By mollyeyre on 02-10-18

Lovely Tale of an Interesting Life

I did enjoy this story, it was really well crafted to keep us guessing about various oarts of Old Filth's life, I loved the character of Filth, and it was a joy to follow him through his often sad life. I don't usually read this type of book which was, I suppose, like a biography, but I did find it held my attention and I did not want to put the book down.

I do like the way that Jane Gardam writes - the story isn't forced upon you - it gently unfolds.

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By Janet on 01-24-18

Very enjoyable reminiscences and life story

Bill Wallace does an excellent job of portraying Old Filth and revealing his past life. A story gently told despite the terrible events of Feathers' young life. Events unravel in a subtle, gradual way and you can feel desperately sorry for the young boy while at the same time understanding Old Filth's lack of emotion in the living of his later life, and the telling of it. I felt quite close to Teddy in the end.

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By Tracey on 01-25-17

Give it time to warm up!

If you could sum up Old Filth in three words, what would they be?

Deep, considered, authentic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Filth?

The whole book took me to be in a different place, a place of luxurious velvet drapes, deep pile carpets and shining antique furniture

What does Bill Wallace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Bill is a genius. He doesn't just read this book, he embodies it and becomes the characters. He brought just as much talent and enjoyment to the book as the author did in writing it. In fact, I would probably not have read the book, it is in fact more enjoyable to listen to because of Bill's portrayals of the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was my constant companion for a week and then so was the next book

Any additional comments?

Gives a deep insiders view into the human psyche, and how the experiences we grow up with shape and form us in adult life. I did feel so terrible for Filth, Teddy, but he did not ever feel sorry for himself. I believe this book has made me think about life in without even realising it. Genius writing. So true, so authentic, more like a biography, I don't know how Jane Gardam got inside her characters so well.

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