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Last Friends (Old Filth Trilogy Book 3) by [Gardam, Jane]
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From Booklist

Last Friends brings to a close Jane Gardam’s lauded series that includes Old Filth (2006) and The Man in the Wooden Hat (2011). Like its predecessors, this final installment examines the complex world of British class, empire, and the social circles that bring them together. Gardam tells of the rise and fall of Terry Veneering, the son of a mysterious Russian acrobat and a rough-and-tumble local girl living in the English midlands. As a child, Veneering is exposed to the ugly side of the British upper class and narrowly escapes death during the Blitz in WWII. Disgusted by the attitudes of the English gentry, and with his hometown destroyed in the war, Veneering sets off to remake himself in the Far East, only to return to England under suspicion. Gardam’s previous novels have brought her acclaim in England, and with the right mix of publicity and word-of-mouth support, American readers, too, will respond to her witty style, insatiable readability, and cast of strange and amazing characters. --Heather Paulson

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Praise for Last Friends

"The satisfying conclusion to Gardam's Old Filth trilogy offers exquisite prose, wry humor, and keen insights into aging and death."
The New Yorker

"Last Friends is evocative, elegiac, and shaded in autumnal tones, as suits the final volume in a trilogy. Like Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, the Old Filth trilogy restores us to an era rich in spectacle and bristling with insinuation and intrigue. Vivid, spacious, superbly witty, and refreshingly brisk...the story (and the author) will endure."
The Boston Globe

"All three Gardam books are beautifully written but it’s a pleasure to note that Last Friends, is the most enjoyable, the funniest and the most touching."
—National Post

"[Gardam] is the best kind of literary escape: serious, mesmerizing, and deeply satisfying."
Los Angeles Review of Books

"It’s hard...not to be charmed by a writer with Gardam’s substantial gifts."
The New York Times Book Review
 

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

    Praise for Jane Gardam

    "[Gardam] is a brilliant writer. Her prose sparkles with wit, compassion and humor."
    The Washington Post

    "[Gardam] is the best kind of literary escape: serious, mesmerizing, and deeply satisfying."
    Los Angeles Review of Books

    "It's hard...not to be charmed by a writer with Gardam's substantial gifts."
    The New York Times Book Review

    "Gardam's prose is so economical that no moment she describes is either gratuitous or wasted."
    The New Yorker

    "Jane Gardam's beautiful, vivid, defiantly funny novels are a must."
    —The Times

    "Gardam is a unique and wonderful writer."
    The Huffington Post

    Product details

    • File Size: 1175 KB
    • Print Length: 225 pages
    • Publisher: Europa Editions; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
    • Publication Date: April 2, 2013
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00A6WOPHQ
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Screen Reader: Supported
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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