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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, a book where life and art merge. And now that beautiful, haunting novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat.
Old Filth was Eddie's story. 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 50-year union of two remarkable people, the novel is a triumph.
The Man in the Wooden Hat is fiction of a very high order from a great novelist working at the pinnacle of her considerable power.
©2009 Jane Gardam (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Witty, subversive, moving." (The Times, London)
"[T]old with quintessentially British humor.... Gardam's prose is witty and precise." (Publishers Weekly)
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By RBL on 05-07-12

great read

really enjoyed the story and setting. Jane Gardam has a gift of taking you back in time to the 30s and bringing you back to the present.

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By i. Ski on 02-18-12

Old Filth Married

Read "Old Filth" first, and then dig into this book. It is an expansion of some of the stories from Old Filth, but much more tender in its treatment of long-term marriage. The story is set in Hong Kong, post WWII and continues in London, and then back and forth. If you have ever wondered about "settling" in a marriage, this is a good book -- it really addresses the compromises we all make when we commit our lives to a partnership with another person. The tale and its telling is wonderful. I will listen again. Jane Gardam is one of my new favorite authors. I hope there will be more. Graeme Malcolm is a great reader.

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