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Last Friends

Old Filth Trilogy

By Jane Gardam

Last Friends
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2013,
    304 pages.

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The third book in the Old Filth trilogy (Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, Last Friends). The marriage of Edward Feathers and Betty as seen through the eyes of Edwards friend and Betty's lover Terry Veneering.

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"Starred Review. This third - and final - book about a love triangle involving two bitter rivals is exquisitely expressive ... Impeccably written." - Kirkus

"Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters." - New York Times Sunday Book Review

"Gardam proves that, even in its twilight, there is still life in the traditional English novel." - Publishers Weekly

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Jane Gardam Author Biography

Novelist Jane Gardam was born Jean Mary Pearson in Coatham, North Yorkshire on July 11, 1928. She was educated at Saltburn High School for Girls and won a scholarship to the University of London, where she read English at Bedford College. In 1951 she worked as a Red Cross Travelling Librarian to Hospital Libraries, afterwards taking up editorial posts at Weldon Ladies Journal (sub-editor, 1952) and the literary weekly Time and Tide (Assistant Editor, 1952-4).

Her first book for adults, Black Faces, White Faces (1975), a collection of linked short stories about Jamaica, won both the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Subsequent collections of short stories include The Pangs of Love and Other Stories (1983), winner of the Katherine Mansfield Award; Going ...

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