The Man in the Wooden Hat

The Man in the Wooden Hat

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Penguin Putnam
The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam?s masterpiece, a book where life and art merge. And now that beautiful, haunting novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat.

Old Filth was Eddie?s story. 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 novel is a triumph. The Man in the Wooden Hat is fiction of a very high order from a great novelist working at the pinnacle of her considerable power. It will be read and loved and recommended by all the many thousands of readers who found its predecessor, Old Filth, so compelling and so thoroughly satisfying.



Random House, Inc.
Book Two in Jane Gardam's Old Filth Trilogy

The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam?s masterpiece, a book where life and art merge. And now that beautiful, haunting novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat.

Old Filth was Eddie?s story. 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 novel is a triumph. The Man in the Wooden Hat is fiction of a very high order from a great novelist working at the pinnacle of her considerable power. It will be read and loved and recommended by all the many thousands of readers who found its predecessor, Old Filth, so compelling and so thoroughly satisfying.

Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of the fifty-year marriage of barrister Filth and his wife Betty, which is filled with secrets and hidden desires.

Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2009
ISBN: 9781933372891
1933372893
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 21 cm

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maipenrai
Dec 31, 2016

Read Old Filth first!!!!!

multcolib_susannel Jun 27, 2016

Explores the rich inner lives of a married couple whose past keeps them from sharing their feelings with each other.

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EmilyEm
Oct 30, 2014

The last two books in the Old Firth trilogy capture the lives of his wife and other friends, notably the archrival Veneering. They're not nearly as funny as the first, but both are amazing pieces of writing with all these coincidences neatly tied together. Definitely worth reading all of them.

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22950005506308
Mar 29, 2014

Diverting but not nearly as good as Old Filth. A rather sad and unconvincing tale of an unsatisfying marriage.

hgeng63 Apr 13, 2013

Not as good as Old Filth.

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2011angie
Jan 17, 2013

like Jane Gardam

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2012

Old Filth from Betty Feathers' perspective. Funny, but Betty is not as eccentric as her husband.

Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

Gardam is one of my favourite writers and has been since I was introduced to her at the age of sixteen.
This novel builds on the last two of hers, Old Filth, and The People on Privilege Hill. Taking up a similar story to that of Old Filth, this book is mostly from the point of view of Filth's wife, Elizabeth (Betty). From the time of their engagement to the death of both, this book looks at Elizabeth's past, her feelings around her marriage, and her feelings about Filth's rival, Veneering. This is a book about the characters, as Gardam's books are, and while the lives lived are not thrilling, they make for a very interesting tale.

debwalker Dec 20, 2010

Chosen by Guy Gavriel Kay as his book of the Year: "The novel is a bookend (more than a sequel) to her just-as-wonderful Old Filth. (The title of that one is a wry acronym: Failed In London, Try Hong Kong.) The two novels introduce Sir Edward (Eddie) Feathers, a distinguished and eccentric barrister (he has his reasons for eccentricity) and his magnificent wife, Betty. They are moving and amusing and vivid, often in the same paragraph. The first book tells their story from Eddie’s point of view, the second one covers the same chronology from Betty’s perspective. The effect is delicious, books that remind this reader of how spark and sparkle, wit and deep compassion can still be found as components of a “major” novel. Gardam’s intelligence and artfulness evoke, for me, another long-time favourite, Penelope Fitzgerald - and that’s about the highest praise I can offer."

ser_library Sep 27, 2010

this is a companion to Old Filfth

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