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Old Filth by Jane Gardam

Old Filth

Jane Gardam

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Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 6 Feb 2014
ISBN: 9780349139494

A genuine masterpiece - funny, brilliant and wise.

4 stars out of 5
Robbie Millen
22 May 2020

"This witty modern classic is perfect lockdown reading"

Gardam does not shy away from a bit of low humour: “He heard the comatose, under-employed Head of Chambers fart and yawn. The fart was an elderly fart — lengthy, unmusical and resigned.” Superbly observed, funny and also poignant: the unmusical fart is the soundtrack to old age. Gardam tells her story, which has real emotional depth, with a deceptive lightness of touch. The novel came about by chance when in 2002 Gardam, then 74, was asked by Richard Ingrams to write a short story for The Oldie