'Full of the humour and eccentricity that have made Gardam one of the most enjoyable novelists writing today'Independent on SundayOld Filth told the story of Sir Edward (Eddie) Feathers QC, aka Filth, his colonial upbringing and career, his long and comfortable marriage, his rivalries and friendships. The Man in the Wooden Hat picks up these threads from the perspective of Filth's wife, Betty. An orphan of the Japanese internment camps, a free spirit, a clever code-breaker at Bletchley Park, Betty has her own secret passions. No wonder she is drawn to Filth's hated rival at the Bar, the brash, forceful Veneering.'What a lot Jane Gardam knows about love and its accommodations; the rich contradictory play of desire and loyalty; the sudden storms of feeling. And how elegantly and intelligently she writes about the instinctive, tendril-like gropings of one human heart towards another'Jane Shilling Daily Telegraph
What Gardam is particularly good at - and what made Old Filth so compelling - is creating for her characters façades of complete conventionality, which are then chipped away to reveal strange internal workings...But one need not be familiar with Filth's history to be moved by Betty's final summation of her long marriage...in a novel preoccupied by the fear of becoming old, anachronistic and obsolete, this late-flowering love stands as a reminder that time does not just decay, it ripens too Olivia Laing, Guardian
Jane Gardam wurde 1928 in North Yorshire geboren. Als einzige Schriftstellerin wurde sie gleich zweimal mit dem Whitbread/Costa Prize ausgezeichnet. Mit Old Filth stand sie auf der Shortlist des Orange Prize, und mit Last Friends auf der Shortlist des Folio Prizw 2013. Sie lebt in East Kent.