Last Friends

Last Friends

Paperback Abacus

By (author) Jane Gardam

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  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0349000166
  • ISBN 13: 9780349000169
  • Sales rank: 30,119

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize. Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat told with bristling tenderness and black humour the stories of that Titan of the Hong Kong law courts, Old Filth QC, and his clever, misunderstood wife Betty. Last Friends, the final volume of this trilogy, picks up with Terence Veneering, Filth's great rival in work and - though it was never spoken of - in love. Veneering's were not the usual beginnings of an establishment silk: the son of a Russian acrobat marooned in northeast England and a devoted local girl, he escapes the war to emerge in the Far East as a man of panache, success and fame. But, always, at the stuffy English Bar he is treated with suspicion: where did this blond, louche, brilliant Slav come from? Veneering, Filth and their friends tell a tale of love, friendship, grace, the bittersweet experiences of a now-forgotten Empire and the disappointments and consolations of age.

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Jane Gardam has been awarded the Heywood Hill Literary Prize for a lifetime's contribution to the enjoyment of literature; has twice won a Whitbread Award and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She was awarded an OBE in January 2009.

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An ambitious and complex portrait of extraordinary times Guardian Sharp, humane, generous and wonderfully funny, she is one of our very finest writers -- Hilary Mantel This is as mordantly precise and moving a novel as you will find anywhere Daily Telegraph