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Blott on the Landscape [Hardcover]

Tom Sharpe
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

19 May 1975
Sir Giles, an MP of few principles, decides to build a motorway through a particularly picturesque piece of England, but he has reckoned without his wife, Lady Maude, and her enigmatic gardener, Blott. From the author of ANCESTRAL VICES, THE MIDDEN and WILT.


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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd; First Edition edition (19 May 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0436458039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436458033
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,505,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Confirms that he had inherited the mantle of the late P.G. Wodehouse. This is deliciously English comedy" (Guardian)

"Extremely funny . . . Mr Sharpe's dialogues is nifty, imaginative, enjoyable" (Peter Ackroyd The Spectator)

"I laughed out loud, I really did . . . Tom Sharpe is nowhere more buoyant than when mounting catastrophic scenes of hilarious mayhem" (The Statesman)

"A very funny writer indeed . . . Tom Sharpe's comedy lies as much in his language and the pace of the dialogue as in the outrageous muddles and confusions of his comic situations" (The Times)

"This exuberant novel will cheer all those who dislike bureaucracy" (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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One of the best-loved post-war comic novels, made into a memorable BBC series starring David Suchet. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful! Comic Genius! 19 May 2003
Format:Paperback
This is typical Sharpe. That's to say it's absolutely hilarious. I'm a younger reader and I'm not too keen on or interested in politics, but the way he makes it all seem so stupid is great! He has the ability to show that a character thinks his plans are masterful and infallible when everyone else knows the ideas are doomed to failure. The stereotypical characters will really get you worked up, whether you love or hate them. Great stuff!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unlikely hero 14 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When you consider who could have been the hero of this tale; a rich and powerful business-minded peer, his rich and in many ways more powerful wife, a government troubleshooter or even several Zebras, Lions and Rhinos, you would be surprised that the hero was in fact a quiet Italian gardener with a love for all things English. This, along with the ability to create rib-tickling chaos like it were going out of fashion, is Sharpe all over and is why any book of his is worth a couple of afternoons any day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Tom Sharpe classic - Brilliant! 7 Dec 1999
Format:Paperback
I actually saw the televised adaption of the book MANY years before I actually read the book itself, but the book still outshone the TV version no end. Tom Sharpe has to be one of the best comedy writers ever - the proof is in the reading of Blott On The Landscape. Incredible!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of Handyman Hall 27 July 2014
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First published in 1975 probably most people are aware of this due to the TV series that was made, rather than having read the novel before. Sir Giles Lynchwood would love to get rid of the house he is living in, Handyman Hall; the building is already falling to bits and costs a lot of money to maintain, and also he would rather like to get rid of his wife, Lady Maud, the descendent of the family who owned the Hall. The latter is a big task and if his affair is found out could mean a divorce and his losing all the assets of his wife. The former problem though looks like it can be resolved. Looking for an idea Sir Giles stumbles across a plan to build a motorway straight through the grounds of his home. A nice fat cheque from the Government in compensation and the old hall can be done away with. Of course, perhaps things won’t be so easy and there may be a few problems on the way, but Sir Giles feels confident on a good result.

As Sir Giles starts his machinations things start to go awry as the whole motorway proposal starts to unravel. With blackmail, murder, mayhem and kinky sex it seems that the whole thing will blow up in someone’s face, especially when a civil servant is sent down from London to assist in any problems. And lest we forget there is always Blott somewhere on the scene, an orphan German, but thought of as Italian, who is more British that most native born Englishmen.

With some satire, a lot of humour, which is mainly farce, read what happens when Sir Giles puts into place plans for something that even he has lost control of.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK GOD FOR TOM SHARPE 16 Feb 2001
Format:Paperback
Sharpe makes me laugh on depressing Winter days (which last for nine months of the year in the West Midlands). As British television is so mediocre, this is good. "Blott on the Landscape", as with everything else Sharpe has penned, is my guaranteed fix on keeping my sanity - i.e. laughter is the best medicine. As a writer of fiction for the last 20 odd years, I have long given up reading fiction as my analytical mind invariably works out the denoument in about the first 20 pages. Sharpe is different, he keeps me smiling in a world that has forgotten how to smile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 29 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Blott on the Landscape is a witty, imaginative and highly enjoyable book that I found very hard to put down. The characters are vividly described and Blott himself is wonderful. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a good laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blott on the Landscape 29 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This was bought for my Dad. Years ago I was in hospital & my Dad brought this book in for me & it was one of those books that you laugh out loud to! As the years passed, many people had a chance to read the book & as often happens, never was returned, so as my Dad has not been feeling so well of late, decided to get him a good old chuckle. Brilliant easy read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
As usual Sharpe pokes fun at the British with his usual wit and sense of irony, but for me this time he does not have the same well perceived characters as in Porterhouse Blue. There is very much the same divide across the classes that non-British will find an amusing anachronism but with the University background it felt so much more natural in South Worfordshire it seems more contrived.

It is still a fun book with wonderfully absurd characters but for me I enjoyed Porterhouse much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Great book as always... read it twice.
Published 8 hours ago by bertram ballpoint
5.0 out of 5 stars worthy of the time to read
excellent read as is usual for tom sharpe books
Published 1 month ago by a f stott
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Published 1 month ago by W. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Perfectly ridiculous! I think this was his very best book. The characters are so vivid and the dialogue so cutting, another great novel from an amazing talent.
Published 1 month ago by Sam Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Very typically brilliant comedy/farce from the master of said genre. The "Horsewhip scene" is hilarious and always makes me laugh.
Published 2 months ago by James trucking UK Ltd
5.0 out of 5 stars Blott on the Landscape
Brilliant book so funny bought this after watching the DVD of the TV series as funny now as it was the first time around
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. S. M. Oran
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great reading very enjoyable.I found the plot was very clever and the and the way it all unraveled quiet exelant.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars funny,but not the best
enjoyed this,, had a few chortles but not as many as with others,
I would recommended it though, good read
Published 6 months ago by john bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book i have ever read
Brilliantly funny and a well thought out plot. Even though this book is 35 years old it could have been written yesterday. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. C. Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
I enjoyed it from start to finish. It is well worth a read. It could have been a bit longer.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. D. Daniel
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