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Acclaimed as Jane Gardam's masterpiece, Old Filth is a lyrical series that recalls the fully lived life of Sir Edward Feathers. The Man in the Wooden Hat is the history of his marriage told from the perspective of his wife, Betty, a character as vivid and enchanting as Filth himself.  

They met in Hong Kong after the war. Betty had spent the duration in a Japanese internment camp. Filth was already a successful barrister, handsome, fast becoming rich, in need of a wife but unaccustomed to romance. A perfect English couple of the late 1940s.  

As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, The Man in the Wooden Hat is a triumph. Fiction of a very high order from a great novelist working at the pinnacle of her considerable power, it will be experienced and loved and recommended by all the many thousands who found its predecessor, Old Filth, so compelling and thoroughly satisfying.

©2009 Jane Gardam (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • 2022-06-05

I wonderful book in a series of two

I liked the first book, but I really loved the second book. The ending is great too! Oh the books are slow moving, but beautifully done. If you’re looking for action and romance, these won’t before you. If you’re an Anglophile, you very male might like them.