Old Filth (2004) by Jane Gardam


Critical Assessment "Anglophile readers wondering who their next favorite British writer will be need look no further than Gardam, who, despite having won numerous literary awards and been short-listed for the Booker Prize, is not nearly as well known in the U.S. as she deserves. The title of this, her twelfth novel, seems to promise that satiric bite British authors do so well, but although there’s plenty of sharp humor here, the book has many other moods. Sir Edward Feathers – called Filth (even by his wife, Betty) for 'Failed in London Try Hong Kong' – is now retired and living [...]