Jane Gardam has been twice awarded the Whitbread Prize and was also a Booker prize finalist. She is winner of the David Higham Prize, the Royal Society for Literature's Winifred Holtby Prize, the Katherine Mansfield Prize, and the Silver Pen Award from PEN. Her novels include God on the Rocks, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Old Filth, finalist for the Orange Prize; The Man in the Wooden Hat, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Last Friends, finalist for the Folio Award. She lives in the south of England near the sea.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2005 ORANGE PRIZE
Praise for Old Filth "Excellent and compulsively readable...Old
Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable
--The New York Times Book Review "[Old Filth] will bring immense pleasure to readers who treasure fiction that is intelligent, witty, sophisticated and--a quality encountered all too rarely in contemporary culture--adult."
--The Washington Post "Gardam is an exquisite storyteller, picking up threads, laying them down, returning to them and giving them new meaning...Old Filth is sad, funny, beautiful and haunting."
--The Seattle Times "A masterpiece of storytelling."
--The Dallas Morning News "Jane Gardam's beautiful, vivid, defiantly funny novel is a must."
--The Times Praise for Jane Gardam "[Gardam] is a brilliant writer. Her prose sparkles with wit, compassion and humor."
--The Washington Post "[Gardam] is the best kind of literary escape: serious, mesmerizing, and deeply satisfying."
--Los Angeles Review of Books "It's hard...not to be charmed by a writer with Gardam's substantial gifts."
--The New York Times Book Review "Gardam's prose is so economical that no moment she describes is either gratuitous or wasted."
--The New Yorker "Gardam is a unique and wonderful writer."
--The Huffington Post