Francis King

Judge And Be Judged

Old Filth


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MERELY FROM ITS title, some readers may at first assume, as I did, that this must be a novel about some ancient vagrant. In fact, shuttling back and forth in time, it recounts the life story of the sort of legal grandee described as ‘a legend in his lifetime’. ‘Filth’, it turns out, is an acronym used to describe a certain kind of international lawyer – Failed In London Try Hong Kong.

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