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- DescriptionOld Filth was a 'child of the raj'. His earliest memories are of his amah, a teenage Malay girl - t of his mother who is dead, r his father who can't cope. But very soon he is torn away from the only person who loves him, and sent to be educated at 'Home', where he is boarded out with strangers...What is the terrible secret that the children shared? What exactly happened at the farmhouse in the Lake District from which Filth is rescued by 'Sir' whose 'outfit' is one of the oddest schools in England? Old Filth is funny and heart-breaking at the same time. It is peopled with characters who astonish the reader - monsters, eccentrics, blessings in disguise. Jane Gardam has a unique understanding t only of the human heart but also of the bizarre workings of the minds of the elderly. A touch of surrealism combines with the subtle delicacy of a gifted velist to make Old Filth a genuine masterpiece.
- Author BiographyJane Gardam is a novelist, writer of short stories and author of children's books. She also reviews for the Spectator and the Telegraph, and writes for BBC radio, where her current project is 6 programmes on the suburbs. She lives in Kent, Wimbledon and Yorkshire. She has won: The Heywood Hill Literary Prize for a Lifetime's Contribution to Literature; The Whitbread Fiction Award twice (for The Hollow Land and Queen of the Tambourine); Shortlisted for the Booker (God on the Rocks, which was also filmed for TV); Her other books include The Flight of the Maidens, Faith Fox, Going into a Dark House and Missing the Midnight. Her backlist is in print with Abacus
- PrizesShortlisted for Orange Prize 2005.
- Author(s)Jane Gardam
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication04/11/2004
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintChatto & Windus
- Out-of-print date23/10/2012
- Weight510 g
- Width163 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine25 mm
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