Tag Archives: Jane Gardam

David Footman, “Pig and Pepper”

Pig and Pepper entered my life as a lovely surprise. A Faithful Reader who has become an actual in-person friend dug it up for me. Here’s how: she remembered reading, in an article from The Guardian, a roundup of great … Continue reading

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Jane Gardam, “Last Friends”

If you’re a fan of Jane Gardam’s brilliant Old Filth, you’ll need no further urging to read Last Friends, the final novel in a trilogy (the second being The Man in the Wooden Hat) concerning Sir Edward Feathers, Sir Terence Veneering, … Continue reading

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Jane Gardam, “Crusoe’s Daughter”

There are a lot of books on the market that are more or less interchangeable,  and I read ’em and like ’em. But then there’s Jane Gardam, whose work sounds so conventional. Crusoe’s Daughter, for instance, is about a woman … Continue reading

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Jane Gardam, “God on the Rocks”

To me, “on the rocks” means on ice, so this title skews flippant. But I don’t think that’s what Jane Gardam intends. Those rocks are literal, since God on the Rocks is set in an English coastal resort with a … Continue reading

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Jane Gardam, “The Man in the Wooden Hat”

I had high expectations of The Man in the Wooden Hat, having loved Jane Gardam’s earlier Old Filth. (It’s an acronym — Failed In London, Tried Hong kong — and a nick name.) In fact I loved not only the … Continue reading

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Muriel Barbery, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”

I wanted to like The Elegance of the Hedgehog. For one thing, it has been brought to us by the estimable Europa Editions, publishers of the totally wonderful Jane Gardam. Clearly these are people of discernment. Then, of course, I … Continue reading

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