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Jane Gardam

Autor/a de Old Filth

37+ obres 7,864 Membres 351 Ressenyes 33 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Jane Gardam was born in North Yorkshire, England in 1928. She is the author of many children's novels that include "A Long Way from Verona" (1971). She has also written novels and collections of stories for adults that include "God on the Rocks" (1978), "Bilgewater and the Pangs of Love and Other mostra'n més Stories" (1983) and "The Summer After the Funeral." Her book "Groundlings" was taken from "Showing the Flag and Other Stories" (1989). Gardam's novels and stories have received many literary prizes. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

Inclou aquests noms: Jane Gardan, Jane Gardam, Jane Gardham


Obres de Jane Gardam

Old Filth (2004) 2,274 exemplars
The Man in the Wooden Hat (2009) 984 exemplars
The Queen of the Tambourine (1991) 619 exemplars
Last Friends (2013) 573 exemplars
God on the Rocks (1978) 412 exemplars
Crusoe's Daughter (1985) 386 exemplars
A Long Way from Verona (1971) 380 exemplars
The Flight of the Maidens (2000) 362 exemplars
Bilgewater (1976) 340 exemplars
Faith Fox (1996) 283 exemplars
The People on Privilege Hill (2007) 239 exemplars
The Hollow Land (1981) 185 exemplars
The Stories of Jane Gardam (2014) 149 exemplars
The Sidmouth Letters (1980) 106 exemplars
The Summer After the Funeral (1973) 92 exemplars
Missing the Midnight (1997) 79 exemplars
Black Faces, White Faces (1975) 65 exemplars
Going Into a Dark House (1994) 50 exemplars
Showing the Flag (1989) 43 exemplars
Through the Doll's House Door (1987) 43 exemplars
A Few Fair Days (1971) 41 exemplars
Bridget and William (1981) 17 exemplars
Kit in Boots (1986) 15 exemplars
The Old Filth Trilogy (1950) 15 exemplars
The Green Man (1998) 11 exemplars
Swan (1987) 6 exemplars
Hoogachtend, Eliza Peabody (2021) 4 exemplars
Tufty Bear (Read Aloud) (1996) 4 exemplars
Hetty (2016) 2 exemplars
Facing the Music (2013) 1 exemplars
A Spot Of Gothic 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Little Women (1868) — Prefaci, algunes edicions25,674 exemplars
A Little Princess (1905) — Introducció, algunes edicions15,293 exemplars
The Vet's Daughter (1959) — Introducció, algunes edicions569 exemplars
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Col·laborador — 289 exemplars
The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors (1995) — Col·laborador — 249 exemplars
The Pleasure of Reading (1992) — Col·laborador — 186 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Col·laborador — 130 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Col·laborador — 99 exemplars
The English Landscape: Its Character and Diversity (1700) — Col·laborador — 75 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Col·laborador — 74 exemplars
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Col·laborador — 70 exemplars
The Young Oxford Book of Ghost Stories (1994) — Col·laborador — 37 exemplars
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Col·laborador — 32 exemplars
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
Slightly Foxed 3: Sharks, Otters and Fast Cars (2004) — Col·laborador — 26 exemplars
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Growing Up Stories (1995) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
The Puffin Book of Ghosts and Ghouls (1992) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Top Teen Stories (2004) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Beware! Beware!: Chilling Tales (1989) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Young Winter's Tales 6 (1975) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú



Group Read: Last Friends by Jane Gardam a 75 Books Challenge for 2019 (febrer 2019)
BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE MAY - GARDAM & GODDARD a 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (setembre 2016)
Old Filth (by Jane Gardam) Group Read - April a 75 Books Challenge for 2013 (abril 2013)
What about Jane Gardam? a Loitering with Intent (març 2012)


I shall need to come back in 20 years and see if I don't give it 5 stars, it certainly was close. At times difficult, at times recognizable, and at times completely unfamiliar.
emmby | Hi ha 136 ressenyes més | Oct 4, 2023 |
Historical fiction gives us a window into understanding how the world came to be the way it is. Gardam encapsulates the collapse of the British Empire in this story of Edward, born in Malay to a bureaucrat still suffering from WWI injuries. Raised for four years by servants since his mother died of childbed fever, he is then sent off to an abusive foster home in Wales along with two cousins.
The tale is told by Edward, now in his '80's, as he tries to find meaning in his life after his wife's death. We are only given glimpses of his childhood; he slams the window shut on the painful memories as often as they poke through. Yet his strong sense of moral rightness and duty keeps him prying at his memories. It seems his youth was spent blindered, so focused on excelling in his studies that he is unaware of most facts of life. The absence of loving parents has kept him from really loving anyone. His sole memory of freedom is mixed with the shame of being evacuated from England at age 17 rather than being allowed to fight for his country. We hear other people commenting "you would do well as a lawyer", but we never hear him express any desire for any career. He is intelligent and courteous, therefore he is respected by all who know him.
This tale includes many thoughtful phrases which are a pleasure to read. Edward, "Old Filth", remained in my mind in between my reading opportunities. Louise Erdrich referenced study by a pair of social psychologists and the New School who found that reading complex literature increased a person's empathy. This book will work on you; it's a pity Old Filth never read literature.[]
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juniperSun | Hi ha 136 ressenyes més | Sep 27, 2023 |
Lovely writing, but somehow the story and characters were not that compelling. Some bit of energy is missing from this book. I don't think I'll read the rest in the series.
lschiff | Hi ha 136 ressenyes més | Sep 24, 2023 |
The third book in the loose “Old Filth” trilogy returns with more of the same beautiful writing, looking back at the life of Terence Veneering with recollections from peripheral characters in the previous books of Fiscal-Smith and Dulcie Williams, as well as Terry himself.
The three books, which are best read sequentially, cover Britain’s withdrawal from Imperial ambitions in the twentieth century by looking at the lives of a love triangle of sorts, Edward Feathers (Old Filth of the first book), his wife Elizabeth (Betty) Macintosh (central character of The Man in the Wooden Hat) and Terence Veneering (Old Filth’s professional and romantic adversary).
The books are often funny, nostalgic without being sentimental and beautifully written. This third book is perhaps least well structured, perhaps because some of the book revisits scenes from previous books, but from a different character’s perspective. But there are wonderful set pieces and the chapters step lightly in time and place from 1930’s working class England, to Malta, Hong Kong and back to retired professionals at the beginning of the twenty first century.
I didn’t recognise all of the Dickensian references, not having read Our Mutual Friend, but the Bleak House references were delightful.
And Gardam is still able to surprise in this final book, even if the coincidences are worthy of Dickens, and although it is all fiction, it is rather wonderful, warm and magical fun.
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CarltonC | Hi ha 39 ressenyes més | Aug 13, 2023 |



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