Tom Sharpe





Tom Sharpe

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born
in London, The United Kingdom
March 30, 1928

died
June 06, 2013

gender
male

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Tom Sharpe was an English satirical author, born in London and educated at Lancing College and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After National Service with the Royal Marines he moved to South Africa in 1951, doing social work and teaching in Natal, until deported in 1961.

His work in South Africa inspired the novels Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure. From 1963 until 1972 he was a History lecturer at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, which inspired his "Wilt" series Wilt, The Wilt Alternative, Wilt on High and Wilt in Nowhere.

His novels feature bitter and outrageous satire of the apartheid regime (Riotous Assembly and its sequel Indecent Exposure), "dumbed-" or watered-down education (the Wilt series), English class snobbery (...more


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Wilt
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 4,862 ratings — published 1976 — 46 editions
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Porterhouse Blue (Porterhou...
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,763 ratings — published 1974 — 29 editions
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Blott on the Landscape
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,635 ratings — published 1975 — 20 editions
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Riotous Assembly (Piemburg,...
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 1,659 ratings — published 1971 — 26 editions
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The Wilt Alternative (Wilt,...
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,505 ratings — published 1979 — 21 editions
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Indecent Exposure
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,232 ratings — published 1973 — 17 editions
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Wilt On High (Wilt, #3)
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,190 ratings — published 1984 — 23 editions
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Ancestral Vices
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 1,060 ratings — published 1980 — 17 editions
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The Throwback
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,070 ratings — published 1978 — 24 editions
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Vintage Stuff
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 815 ratings — published 1982 — 16 editions
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Wilt The Wilt Alternative Wilt On High Wilt In Nowhere The Wilt Inheritance
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“The man who said the pen was mightier than the sword ought to have tried reading "The Mill on the Floss" to Motor Mechanics.”
Tom Sharpe, Wilt

“Do go on,' he said. 'There's nothing I enjoy more than listening to a highly trained intelligence leapfrogging common sense and coming to the wrong conclusions. It gives me renewed faith in parliamentary democracy.”
Tom Sharpe, Wilt On High

“The number of choirboys indecently assaulted annually by vicars and churchwardens may lead you to suppose that England is a deeply religious country. I”
Tom Sharpe, The Wilt Alternative

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