Last Friend, is the final volume of the trilogy, - Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat. With bristling tenderness and black humour they are the stories of that Titan of the Hong Kong law courts, Old Filth QC, and his clever, misunderstood wife Betty.
The third volume 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? Veneering, Filth and their friends tell a tale of love, friendship, grace, the bittersweet experiences of a now-forgotten Empire and the disappointments and consolations of age
.Author: Gardam, Jane, Binding: Paperback, Imprint: Abacus, Series: N/A, Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group, Published: 18/02/2014, Pagination: 256 pages, Classification: Fiction & related items,