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Tom Sharpe
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1 April 2004

In Piemburgem, the deceptively peaceful-looking capital of Zululand, Kommandant van Heerden, Konstabel Els and Luitenant Verkramp continue to terrorise true Englishman and even truer Zulus in their relentless search for a perfect South Africa.

Kommandant van Heerden, that great Anglophile, gropes his way towards attaining true 'Englishness' in the company of the eccentric Dornford Yates Club. But Luitenant Verkramp, whose hatred of all things English is surpassed only by his fear of sex, sets in motion an experiment in mass chastity (with the help of a lady psychiatrist), which has remarkable and quite unforeseen results.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009946652X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099466529
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Explosively funny, fiendishly inventive" (Sunday Times)

"Splendidly funny" (New Statesman)

"What clinches the novel's success is Mr Sharpe's brilliant comic style. His phrasing, his timing, and his extraordinarily deft handling of the minutiae of comic incidents make for real hilarity" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Britain's leading practitioner of black humour" (Punch)

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A hilarious dose of British farce from Tom Sharpe, the bestselling author of Wilt and Porterhouse Blue.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Tom Sharpe's second novel returned to the fertile ground of South Africa and the characters of Konstabel Els, Lieutenant Verkramp and Kommandant Van Heerden. Following from the events of `Riotous Assembly', this follows the three leads as they unintentionally wreak havoc across the peaceful suburbs of Zululand.

This is an absolutely hilarious book. Sharpe's real skill is to take seemingly innocuous situations, then, logical step by seemingly logical step morph them into a bizarre and screamingly funny situation. All the steps seem sane and logical, but the end result is as far from it as you can get.

As well as the anarchic humour, there is the serious side. Part of what makes Sharpe's South African books stand out so much above the rest of his oeuvre is his study of the people and attitudes of that place and time. When I first read these as a teenager I could not believe that these were real characters with their casual racism and paranoias. I thought that these were caricatures with attitudes exaggerated for comic effect. I have, over the intervening years, learned that such people really do exist. Sharpe performs an important job by exposing the South Africa of the time for what it was, and satirising it so well.

An excellently written, eminently readable, hilariously funny book with a serious message buried under the laughs. Five stars, six if I could.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscenely funny! 22 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
Terrific story! This is the sequel to "Riotous Assembly," so if you have not read either, it's best to read that first and meet all the characters first. Still it works well as a standalone, a picture of Old South Africa, Boers v. English v. blacks. And exploding ostriches of course.

Oh its absolutely filthy, not for the kiddies. I can be a bit tetchy about rude humour, but this completely works!

Outrageous, bawdy, and violent. What more do you want?
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book i've ever read. 23 May 2004
By bader40
Format:Paperback
Let's cut to the chase, this book along with Riotous assembly are without doubt the funniest books i've ever read.
Unlike the other Sharpe books (which are nowhere as good i hasten to add) you will find that once you've started you cannot put them down.My wife,i'm sure, contemplated having me admitted under the mental health act, such were my outbursts of laughter.
Buy both these books, you will read them again and again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This book has been my first contact with Sharpe. Not my last. I find "Wilt on High" extremely funny, well written, cleverly put together, with just a dash (maybe more than a dash) of healthy vulgarity and it shows also that Mr Sharpe has an incredibly piercing eye to see, analyze and render the foibles of a great variety of human specimens such as feminists, police inspectors, teachers, American military men, quacks, overintelligent brats, etc. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible ! :-) 22 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
What happens in this Book, if it were real, would - in the present day - make startling Tabloid headlines day after day. Shocking revelations about the hilarious attempts to subdue South African Police or Military Officers from becoming "entangled" with the locals.

Anthony Burgess had it first... in "A Clockwork Orange." Trying to rid a young delinquent of his violent ways by forcing him to watch violent acts on a screen, thus making him feel sick at the thought of it. Tom Sharpe chooses electrical shocks to the genitals - plus anesthetic injections to the same parts - to avert any cross-racial copulation. In the mid 70's this was funny... hilarious actually. Today though... let's face it... it is STILL hilarious - for realists ! Ha Ha.

Anyone with the mildest interest in "farce" will embrace this - no matter what year it is. Riotous Assembly, and this follow-on, paved the way for Mr Sharpe's delightful, delicious and laugh-out-loud situational comedy settings of his future works. I defy anyone NOT to laugh. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing indecent about this 28 April 2012
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Tom Sharpe is one of the funniest authors we have. His humour is more for men however but is very, very funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indecently Funny 23 Nov 2009
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Tom Sharpe at his very best. Lots of laughs and many explosive moments. To describe the plot would be to give away too much and spoil it for those who haven't read it yet, but watch out for the unexpected return of a dead man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Oct 2001
Format:Paperback
This is Tom Sharpe's best book by far! The exploding ostrich section and the tests carried out with electrodes are so funny that I couldn't stop laughing.
If you have never read a Tom Sharpe book before, start with this one!
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One of my all time favourite reads - a must for any generation who can Learn from the horrors but sarcastic humours of apartheid!
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The antics of Wilt continue! Not as gripping as the first but good fun all the same. I recommend as part of the series.
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Love Tom Sharpe and this is yet another great book revealing the worst and funniest in people in a great English (being not a native speaker I appreciate the language a lot)
Published 28 days ago by Tanya
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, funny stories that have me chuckling and laughing ...
The Tom Sharpes 'Wilt' was introduced to me by my boss. Great, funny stories that have me chuckling and laughing out loud all the way through. Language not too bad.
Published 1 month ago by D. V. Ball
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5.0 out of 5 stars non PC and great fun expose of the South African police force that ...
A true classic crude, irreverent, non PC and great fun expose of the South African police force that got the author thrown out of South Africa during the Apartheid era, full of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wilsons Child
5.0 out of 5 stars sharps best book with its sibling riotous assembly
sharps best book with its sibling riotous assembly, have read many time still makes me weep uncontrollably with laughter. , when will they make it into a movie
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