- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown (6 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140870367X
- ISBN-13: 978-1408703670
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.6 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Last Friends (Old Filth Trilogy 3) Hardcover – 6 Jun 2013
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An ambitious and complex portrait of extraordinary times (Guardian)
What a lot Jane Gardam knows about love and its accommodations; the rich contradictory play of desire and loyalty; the sudden storms of feeling. And how elegantly and intelligently she writes about the instinctive, tendril-like gropings of one human heart towards another (Jane Shilling Daily Telegraph, Praise for Jane Gardam)
The witty and sparkling new novel from Jane Gardam, bestselling author of Old Filth.See all Product Description
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LAST FRIENDS, the third novel, is ostensibly the story of Sir Terence Veneering, a man of mysterious origins, Filth's rival and possibly Betty's lover. The novel opens as the villagers of St. Ague in Dorset, to which all three retired years ago, are preparing to travel to London for Old Filth's funeral, Betty and Veneering having passed on some time ago. The irrepressible Old Dulcie Williams, the village elder and widow of "Pastry Willy" Williams, a judge who was also in the foreign service, becomes the "voice" of the novel. Clearly dotty, and never shy, Dulcie provides the backstories of these characters, though she "sees" events which may or may not be real, has conversations with people who are long dead, and ignores anything (like the increasingly urgent communications from the bank) that might possibly complicate her life. She is joined in St.Read more ›
Me of little faith. I borrowed Last Friends from the library, but now shall have to buy it so I can foist it on friends who haven't been lucky enough to read it so far.
You found so many frayed ends to tie up and gave us new insight into Veneering in particular. And people who played only walk on parts in the first two books were fleshed out in this one, as well as new characters being introduced which added to the whole. I cried at one point and felt desolate at the end - as that really is The End.
One has to start with Old Filth to get the most out of Last Friends. These characters are never to be forgotten, by me, at any rate.
This novel is so funny, clever, poignant, insightful, quirky, and original, with lots of surprises.
Last Friends and Old Filth go into my Top 20 novels of All Time.
As the book opens we find that Old Filth and Terry Veneering are recently passed away. Ending their lives in a quiet Dorset village, only Dulcie, the widow of an old Hong Kong judge survives to remember the great men. Dulcie, herself ancient and frail, is about to go up to London with her daughter to attend Terry’s memorial service, a difficult challenge for her and one which is going to lead her on one more final adventure of her own.
The story moves back and forth through the years as it tells the story of Terry Venerring, brought up in a down-at-heel industrial town on the cold and windy North-east coast of England. His mother had a flourishing domestic coal business which she had developed herself, going round the streets of back to back terraced houses with an old wagon hitched to a cart-horse,
Terry’s father was a mysterious Russian, arrived off a boat and claimed by Florrie as her own, married in haste, but with no regrets, as soon as she fell pregnant with young Terry.
The story is of Terry’s climb from his inauspicious start, helped up along the way by benevolent adults who took an interest in him. If you glance at the cover above you will see Terry walking along the beach with the first of these, Peter Parable, an elderly solicitor, a deeply Christian man who asked Terry to help him gather sea-coal from the beach.
We see Terry launching himself into the legal profession as a young man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Third in her "Old Filth" trilogy, winds up the three sagas of the personalities we've met and followed in the first two, but this time from Veneering's point of view. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brenda Young
“Last Friends” is more, though perhaps not a great deal more, than a tidying-up novel. It back-tracks as well as looks forward from the events in Jane Gardam’s loose trilogy,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DT
I never found out much about Old Filth's middle years and how he made his money when younger and feel the author missed out what might have been another whole book on the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christine Clegg
I waited until I had received the three trilogy books which I know I will enjoy them when I get down to reading them.Published 6 months ago by Mrs S Morland
Having read the other 2 in the trilogy, this book pulled the whole story togetherPublished 8 months ago by traveller