Old Filth has been a staff pick before, but Europa has now issued the magnificent Filth trilogy in a single boxed set. The novels trace the interwoven stories of the three main characters, each taking center stage in one of the books. These are stories of the fading British empire in Asia during the mid-20th century, and the gentle decline of three protagonists into old age as they return to rural England. The writing is poignant, funny and incisive, and each book ends making you wish it had another 200 pages.
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.
About the Author
Born in 1928, Jane Gardam is the only novelist to have been twice awarded Britain's prestigious Costa (formerly Whitbread) Award for Best Novel. Old FIlth was a finalist for the Orange Prize and was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The Man in the Wooden Hat was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was awarded an OBE in 2009 and has also received the Heywood Hill Literary Prize for a lifetime's contribution to the enjoyment of literature.
"Gardam is the best British writer you’ve never heard of”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR
“Jane Gardam is a wonderful writer. Her understanding of character and use of language are both remarkable”—The Times
“Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters.”— New York Times Sunday Book Review