Books by Jane Gardam

Novelist Jane Gardam was born Jean Mary Pearson in Coatham, North Yorkshire on 11 July 1928. She was educated at Saltburn High School for Girls, and won a scholarship to the University of London where she read English at Bedford College. In 1951 she worke


THE STORIES OF JANE GARDAM by Jane Gardam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"A rich haul from a well of talent."
Gathered from six earlier collections, spanning more than three decades, 28 stories from the redoubtable English writer. Read full book review >
A LONG WAY FROM VERONA by Jane Gardam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"The qualities for which Gardam is cherished (the quirkiness, the bright-eyed wonder at reality) are already apparent in this early work."
This venerable British author is best known in the U.S. for her Old Filth trilogy, completed this year. Now, here's an opportunity to read her first novel, from 1971, about a girl on the cusp of puberty in wartime England. Read full book review >
LAST FRIENDS by Jane Gardam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2013

"Impeccably written."
Award-winning British author Gardam completes her superb Old Filth trilogy—Old Filth (2004) and The Man in the Wooden Hat (2009)—with Sir Terence Veneering's story. Read full book review >
GOD ON THE ROCKS by Jane Gardam
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Another finely detailed, shrewdly observed and unsentimentally moving portrait of English life from two-time Whitbread Award winner Gardam."
Originally published in 1978, this Booker short-listed novel chronicles fraught interactions between and within the Marsh and Frayling families during the summer of 1936. Read full book review >
THE MAN IN THE WOODEN HAT by Jane Gardam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Funny, intelligent and immensely moving."
A companion to the Orange Prize nominee Old Filth (2006). Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE ON PRIVILEGE HILL by Jane Gardam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Gardam's brisk narration and fearless temperament make for serious fun."
The British Gardam (The Queen of the Tambourine, 2007, etc.) excels once again in this collection of 14 wide-ranging stories. Read full book review >
OLD FILTH by Jane Gardam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2006

"One of the finest achievements of this greatly talented British author. "
The marvelously versatile Gardam (Faith Fox, 2003, etc.) dips into British imperial history for her extraordinary portrait of a Raj orphan. Read full book review >
FAITH FOX by Jane Gardam
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Gardam's feisty characters deliver a tale that crackles with charm and energy."
A young woman dies giving birth, and the consequences are profound, as the Whitbread-winning English author shows in this endearing, funny/sad, sui generis work. Read full book review >
THE FLIGHT OF THE MAIDENS by Jane Gardam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"A fine introduction to a quintessentially British novelist who isn't nearly well enough known Over Here."
With winning charm and wit, two-time Whitbread-winner Gardam (Queen of the Tambourine, 1995, etc.) explores the social and emotional climate of postwar England. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF THE TAMBOURINE by Jane Gardam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1995

"A loony, funny taleand an author with a refreshing take on the familiar."
 The 1991 Whitbread Award winner, by the English author of Crusoe's Daughter (1986), etc., sardonically traces the steady fall (or is it rise?) into madness of a suburban wife with too little to do and too many horrors to shut out of her mind. Read full book review >