Good Reading : June 2006
with kids Australiaís Leading Family Travel and Lifestyle Magazine www.holidayswithkids.com.au Volume 10 2006 $6.95 (Aust & NZ) GST inclusive WIN A FAMILY HOLIDAY TO DISNEYLAND HONG KONG A new world of adventure Wiggles World Australia’s Leading Family Travel & Lifestyle Magazine Win Dreamworld! to a $6000 Family Holiday GIFT online and receive a Subscribe FREE Volume 9 2005 $5.95 (Aust & NZ) GST inclusive 50 happens with history. Theirs was a story of hardship and isolation, their only life- line being their hope for improvement and the safety of their families. We all felt that this was a story to stir the emotions. OLD FILTH Jane Gardam This novel is Jane Gardam’s take on the remnants of empire, the life and death of Sir Edward Feathers mirroring the tragedy of a vintage world passing away forever. WENDY of the Wattle Book Club, Queensland wrote: In March we read Old Filth by Jane Gardam. Our members are all working women, so A said old filth was what she’d have to vacuum before it was her tur n as hostess in April! Gardam’s novel, shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2005, is relatively brief, so we chose it for quality and quantity! Most of us agreed that Sir Edward Feathers’s nickname, Filth (Failed In London Try Hong Kong), missed his reputation for urbanity, wit and char m. E said that image was a veneer over a lonely man who couldn’t relate well to people. We all liked the minor detective element, waiting to discover the cause. H particularly liked the authenticity of Filth’s boarding school in the 30s, B enjoyed the sense of being in England and V, who has lived in Hong Kong, recognised that setting. Several of us argued that Filth’s life was ‘long and uneventful’ until each of us recalled an incident – his Malay early childhood, his Oxford days, his peculiar jour ney via Africa, his travels as an octo- genarian. In legal circles he became a myth, so the truth was obscured. W admired Gardam’s technique of having Filth pray for all his acquaint- ances, thus summing up the characters for us. M and S thought the ending was too melodramatic, but W thought it fitted the style of the man perfectly. Everyone agreed that Old Filth touched our hearts and our heads.