Last Friends by Jane Gardam
(Old Filth Trilogy)

76%

7 Critic Reviews

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

Synopsis

Third book in the Old Filth trilogy (Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, Last Friends). The marriage of Edward Feathers and Betty as seen through the eyes of Edwards friend and Betty's lover Terry Veneering.
 

About Jane Gardam

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Jane Gardam is the only author to have twice been awarded Britain’s prestigious Costa (formerly Whitbread) Award for Best Novel. She was also a Booker prize finalist. Her novel The Man in the Wooden Hat was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book prize and Old Filth was a finalist for the Orange Prize and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in the south of England near the sea.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Europa Editions. 225 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Last Friends
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Hugo Lindgren on Apr 11 2013

The clarity of the prose never falters, but the storytelling slackens. If you’re new to Gardam, this probably isn’t the book to start with...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Tessa Hadley on Jun 08 2013

Veneering makes himself over into a part of the establishment...The social mobility of the postwar era is part of the subject of Gardam's trilogy, an ambitious and complex portrait of extraordinary times.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 08 2013

...here Gardam proves that, even in its twilight, there is still life in the traditional English novel.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Norman Powers on Apr 02 2013

...a bittersweet portrait of growing old, of an end that carries the blessing of fulfillment—maybe even a kind of happiness.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Wigston on Aug 27 2013

Her characters are eccentric, slightly mad, secretive — in other words, English. Her wit and compassion bring to life unlikely places — like Teesside on the northern English coast, or St. Ague, a Dorset village with its quietly seething collection of retirees.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Becky Toyne on Jul 19 2013

For those already put off by a book three for which you have not read books one or two, reconsider. Four captivating pages in to Last Friends you will know what you need to know to enjoy this novel on its own merits. You will have met the trilogy’s three protagonists, each very old and each very dead.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Becky Toyne on Jul 19 2013

If this is to be your third and final instalment of Old Filth & co., you will not be disappointed. If it is to be your first, then many pleasures await, and many unanswered questions, too.

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