Paperback Last friends / Jane Gardam.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: London Abacus
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780349000169 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2013.
This title 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?
Series title: Old Filth Trilogy Book 3
241 pages ; 20 cm
“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, which began with “Old Filth”, was followed by “The Man in the Wooden Hat” and concluded with “Last Friends”. Certainly, I’d recommend reading the books in that order because the central story of the rivalry of the buttoned-up Sir Eddie Feathers and Sir Terry Veneering is given some history in “Last Friends” and we learn more of what happened after “Old Filth” and Veneering coincidentally end up not simply in the same Dorset village but sharing a drive to their respective houses. The account of their gruff late friendship (of sorts) is moving, precisely because of the distance from the events that defined their lives. It is their respective relations with Elizabeth (Betty) Feathers that has so obsessed them but is now “half a century ago". The novel is also quietly amusing, though the humour keeps the terrors