Old Filth by Jane Gardam
“One of the few books that managed to really grab me in the early days of ‘lockdown’, it was published in 2004, goodness knows that took me to long to discover it’s delights. Happily, there are two more companion books to look forward to in The Man in the Wooden Hat and Old Friends, I can’t wait!’ Rosamund
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Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia, where he earned the nickname Old Filth (Failed In London, Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the bar.
Yet through it all he has carried with him the wounds of a difficult and emotionally hollow childhood. Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers is finally free from the demands of his work and the sentimental scaffolding that has sustained him throughout his life. He slips back into the past with ever mounting frequency and intensity, and on the tide of these vivid, lyrical musings, Feathers approaches a reckoning with his own history.
Not all the old filth, it seems, can be cleaned away.