The Man In The Wooden Hat (Old Filth) –

It s a cliche to compare novelists to Jane Austen, but in the case of Jane Gardam it happens to be true Her diamond like prose, her understanding of the human heart, her formal inventiveness and her sense of what it is to be alive young, old, lonely, in love never fades Amanda Craig I love Jane Gardam, especially Old FilthNina Stibbe Her work, like Sylvia Townsend Warner s, has that appealing combination of elegance, erudition and flinty wit Patrick Gale One of the finest writers around Old Filth has stayed with me for yearsCan t think of anyone who achieves so much with so few words Sathnam SangheraFilth Failed In London, Try Hong Kong is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the War Reserved, immaculate and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions But Elisabeth is different a free spirit She was brought up in the Japanese Internment Camps, which killed both her parents but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East No wonder she is attracted to Filth s hated rival at the Bar the brash, forceful Veneering Veneering has a Chinese wife and an adored son and no difficulty whatsoever in demonstrating his emotionsHow Elisabeth turns into Betty and whether she remains loyal to stolid Filth or is swept up by caddish Veneering, makes for a page turning plot in a perfect novel which is full of surprises and revelations, as well as the humour and eccentricites for which Jane Gardam s writing is famous

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