Long ago, Old Filth was a Raj orphan - one of the many young children sent 'home' from the East to be fostered and educated in England.
Jane Gardam's novel tells his story, from his birth in what was then Malaya to the extremities of his old age. In so doing, she not only encapsulates a whole period from the glory days of British Empire, through the Second World War, to the present and beyond, but also illuminates the complexities of the character known variously as Eddie, the Judge, Fevvers, Filth, Master of the Inner Temple, Teddy and Sir Edward Feathers.
"A magnificent, deeply moving and compassionate portrait of an era and a sentimental education. Please read it." (
"Beautiful, vivid and defiantly funny." ( The Times)
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The Prickly Life and Career of a Raj Orphan