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Entertainment Weekly: "In assured, bone-hard prose, Gardam draws lines between Filth's all-but-orphaned youth, the traumas he suffered during and after the Blitz, and his bewildering new life as a widower in the modern English countryside."

Date: Jul 3 2006

Old Filth is a legend as a lawyer in Asia and as a judge in the U.K. Properly known as Sir Edward Feathers, he owes his nickname to an acronym: He's considered ''the source of the old joke, Failed In London Try Hong Kong.'' He's ''spectacularly clean,'' Jane Gardam writes early on, ''ostentatiously clean.'' He's spectacularly lonely, too. In assured, bone-hard prose, Gardam draws lines between Filth's all-but-orphaned youth, the traumas he suffered during and after the Blitz, and his bewildering new life as a widower in the modern English countryside. Up until its cheap, Dr. Phil-worthy conclusion, his beautifully sad story is a small monument to desolation. Grade: B+

Reviewed by Troy Patterson