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Tom Sharpe
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13 Feb 1981
A novel which continues the saga of Henry Wilt, an innate coward and hen-pecked husband whose escapades include a drunken (and very painful) battle with a rosebush, an all-consuming infatuation with an overseas student, and becoming an unwilling participant in an armed siege. From the author of RIOTOUS ASSEMBLY and GRANTCHESTER GRIND.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (13 Feb 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330263382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330263382
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,038,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Made me laugh aloud...a delight from beginning to end." (Sunday Telegraph)

"A caustic, inventive comic novel." (Times Literary Supplement)

"A farce touching fingers with a rich comic vision...sublime orgiastic satire." (Guardian)

"His wit is devastating, his eye for detail exacting, his prose polished, serpentine, elegant and deadly ... as savvy and savage as Evelyn Waugh ... as dazzingly inventive and bizarrely original as P.G. Wodehouse" (Detroit News)

"Sharpe is the funniest novelist currently writing ... I sat curled up with laughter" (Time Out) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Henry Wilt returns for the second Wilt novel, to battle bureaucrats, politicians, terrorists and much more, at Fenland College. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Laugh!!! 9 April 2005
There! He's done it again!! Wilt is back.
It all started for me when I bought "Wilt" by mistake! Since then I got the whole Tom Sharpe collection. I just finished reading this one and I though I would share my thoughts with you.
Well, as I said, Wilt is back. He is head of Liberal Studies now, with 4 "Eva look-alikes" daughters, and with the same dark thoughts in his mind. Inspector Flint is back as well and he can't believe his luck! As always, misunderstandings are present again and Wilt is performing "alternative" terrorism acts, due to his wife's obsession with anything alternative in life, hence the title. If you have not discovered Tom Sharpe yet, don't waste your time, this is a sure bet and he is going to make you laugh, really!! The Wilt alternative is a perfect sequel to the first book and is highly recommended. Well, that's all from me. I am leaving you now as I have another book waiting for me...."Wilt on high"....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilt The Great! 3 Jan 2005
When I purchase a Tom Sharpe book I bring it home and read it there. Never on a train, plane or other public transport! Henry Wilt makes me laugh out loud. Not just a giggle, no; a full belly laugh, loud and uproarious. When you see Wilt in the title you know you're in for a damn good read
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, read it, then read it again! 25 July 2000
This is my favorite one of the Wilt trilogy. Poor Henry has got himself in a pickle again.
He continues to try and lead a normal life, oblivious to the chaos that he is creating, innocently fratenising with terrorists, but ending up looking like the guilty party.
Its witty ans satiric...and lads will never walk home drunk again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still As Funny 26 July 2014
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The last time I read this was when I was in my teens, and I borrowed it from my dad, and I must admit that it is still funny all these years later. In today’s world and terrorism this is still quite current, especially when it is exposed at the college Henry Wilt works at, that some of the courses could lead to terrorist ideals. It makes you think about the recruiting going on by terrorist organisations in such places, that we here of. This is the second novel in the Wilt series, and was first published in 1979.

After the escapades in the first novel ‘Wilt’ we find that he has now moved home with his wife and that they have quadruplets (all girls) and he is now Head of Liberal Studies. The wife, Eva Wilt is currently into alternative medicines and self-sufficiency.

As Wilt gets embroiled in an incident at the college, which centres on a video made of simulated sex with a crocodile, at home he is lusting after the lovely female German that Eva has taken in as a lodger. Of course, in Wilt’s world nothing ever runs smoothly and he soon finds himself caught up in international terrorism. If catching his manhood in a rose bush whilst trying to take a leak isn’t enough, then terrorists taking hostages in his house, and the Police and Special Forces encamped around the perimeter is surely more than a person can take.

Follow the Wilt family in this hysterical novel as they prove more than a match for the Police, Special Forces, and most definitely terrorists. Even Inspector Flint who can’t forgive Wilt for their last encounter has to doff his hat this time in admiration. This is very funny and quite well observed and is still a joy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Find humor when you least expect it 4 Mar 1999
By A Customer
I have found a very deep, and profoud humor in this book about a absolutely not average British man, who manages to turn everyday actions into major disasters, helped by his human tornado of a wife . When the real disasters come around, you find yourself beliving in this little odd man, and his truely strange behavior. I spend hours laughing in the comny of mr. Wilt and his family
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wilt Alternative. - Tom Sharpe 20 Feb 2010
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I rate this as the BEST of all the Tom Sharpe books. Not always 'politically' correct and some swearing - but very funny. I guess that I will be re-reading this at least once every year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!! 13 July 2014
By Sanulia
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I would highly recommend this book to all Tom Sharpe lovers. Wonderfully witty and funny!!!! Looking forward to the next one in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 15 Jun 2014
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Hilarious as usual. Such a shame he won't write any more books. There are other authors who claim to write 'in the style of Tom Sharpe' but none can match him.
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More laugh out loud farce! Arrived on time, although Amazon need to improve on bundled deliveries, so long as estimated lead times are accurate at the point of order i'd be willing... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Hudson
2.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't aged well
Written in a age when liberal use of the f-word was considered daring and funny. Some of Sharpe's stuff has stood the test of time -- Porterhouse Blue comes to mind, and Riotous... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Monty
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Very funny book. Follow on from the original Wilt. Will continue to read the rest of the series over the next few months
Published 6 months ago by Robin Eade
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not quite to Tom Sharpe's usual outstanding standards.
As a sequel I liked the opportunity to re-enter Wilt's outlandish world but I found this story a bit more contrived than the last. Still bloody funny in parts.
Published 7 months ago by Skipper
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you have to understand a writer like Tom Sharpe, (if that is his real name) he will be sadly missed, I now have all his books and I tend to read them over again, however, you have... Read more
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