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Jonathan YardleyTaken together, [Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat] are a British equivalent of Evan S. Connell's classics of Americana, Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge…As to Gardam's pair of novels, what the old song says about love and marriage must be said about them: You can't have one without the other. They are a set, his and hers. To my taste, they are absolutely wonderful, and I would find it impossible to choose one over the other. While Old Filth is principally about the man, his dark boyhood at the mercy of a distant, unfeeling father, with the wife a rather shadowy character in the background, The Man in the Wooden Hat fills in her side of the story, in the process revealing itself to be an astute, subtle depiction of marriage, with all its shared experiences and separate secrets.
—The Washington Post