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Old Filth by Jane Gardam

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“Old Filth” is a novel written by Jane Gardam, first published in 2004. The title is an acronym for “Failed in London, Try Hong Kong,” which refers to the protagonist’s career as a lawyer. The novel follows the life of Sir Edward Feathers, also known as “Old Filth,” a retired British barrister who spent much of his career in Hong Kong.

As the story unfolds, readers are introduced to Filth’s past through a series of flashbacks. Born in British colonial Malaya, he endured a difficult childhood marked by loss and abandonment. Sent to England at a young age, he faced the challenges of adapting to a new culture and navigating the complexities of British society.

Throughout his career, Filth becomes a successful and respected lawyer in Hong Kong, but his personal life is fraught with secrets, regrets, and unfulfilled desires. The novel explores themes of identity, memory, and the passage of time as Filth reflects on his life and relationships.

Central to the narrative is Filth’s complex relationship with his wife, Betty, and his rival, Terry Veneering, both of whom play significant roles in shaping his life and career. As Filth grapples with the ghosts of his past, he is forced to confront the truths and lies that have defined him.

“Old Filth” is praised for its rich characterization, evocative prose, and exploration of themes such as loneliness, resilience, and the search for meaning. It is part of a trilogy of novels by Jane Gardam that also includes “The Man in the Wooden Hat” and “Last Friends,” which further explore the lives of the characters introduced in “Old Filth.”


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