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Tom Sharpe
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26 May 2011 Wilt (Book 5)

Stuck in a job he doesn't want - but can't afford to lose - as nominal Head of the Communications Department at Fenland University, Wilt is still subject to the whims of The Powers That Be, both in and outside of work. The demands of his snobbish wife Eva, and the stupendous school fees of his despicable quadruplet daughters, cause him the biggest headaches... apart from the hangovers, that is. When Eva signs him up for a summer job, teaching the gun-toting idiot son of a lusty local aristocrat, Wilt is not amused. But, as circumstances unravel and the summer goes on, Wilt sees that the situation could be put to his financial advantage, as well as giving Eva some headaches of her own.

With Tom Sharpe's famous dark humour in full evidence, and an explosive plot which takes its readers to places they never realised they wanted to visit, The Wilt Inheritance is another instant classic from the British master of farce.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099493136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099493136
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A major craftsman in the art of farce...vengeful, chaotic, Swiftian in his tastes, cartoonish in his extremes, and above all wild and amusing" (Observer)

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

"Tom Sharpe serves up the loudest laughs in literary comedy. He is the great post-Waugh humorist, the Wodehouse who dares plunge into the bottomless vulgarity and hysteria of our times, and a rattling good companion on a train journey" (Mail on Sunday)

"The funniest novelist writing today" (The Times)

"The best of British farce-masters is back" (Mail on Sunday)

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

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on Form 4 Sep 2010
By Grouse
I have to say it was with some trepidation that I pre-ordered this book, having been disappointed by Mr. Sharpe's previous book, The Gropes. Like that one, I also finished this the day I received it and I am pleased to say it was a highly enjoyable read. Much like "Wilt in Nowhere" it's definitely a more "gentle" book, relative to the first 3 in the Wilt series. The usual elements are all there - dodgy landed gentry, incompetence in the academic professions, overbearing wives and out-of-control offspring, plus a good helping of violence and death. It is also interesting to see how Sharpe, who did most of his writing 30+ years ago, incorporates contemporary elements into this book. It doesn't have quite the same hilarious comedy of the earlier books but I don't think they can ever be matched. All in all a good addition to a series that started all the way back in 1976.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember when you first read Wilt 10 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read all the reviews, good & bad and I have to say that those who give this book a low mark should think a little deeper. The only thing that's changed is us. Tom Sharpe's writing style has not changed in all these years, to really appreciate this book you need to transport yourself back to the 80s and remember what made you laugh at all his other books back then. Try watching "The Young Ones" or "Aufweiderzein Pet" today, I bet you don't laugh as much as you did the first time around.....I have to admit, this book wasn't particularly funny until I got myself into the zone. Once there, I couldn't stop laughing...Just like I did the very first time I read his books
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, poorly-executed and sub-standard work 19 Nov 2010
By Alex W
I am an avid fan of Sharpe's books and dip into what I regard as his best works (Porterhouse, Blott, The Throwback, Riotous Assembly etc) on a regular basis, but my copy of The Wilt Inheritance is being given to the Oxfam shop.

I found The Wilt Inheritance to be a disappointing and boring book. It lacks the creative and intelligent humour and style of Sharpe's early works. The plot was poor and Sharpe seemed to be making a clangingly obvious - yet lazy and actually rather mundane - attempt to shock. I am grateful that this plodding book is so brief.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Wilt Inheritance 25 Sep 2010
I have read the majority of Tom Sharpe's work and laughed out loud while doing so. However I am very sorry to say that I feel this book will disappoint Tom Sharpe fans like me. Gone are the cleverly intertwined events that build up to the inevitable side splitting comic crescendos. The attempted comic moments in this latest work are awkward, overly contrived, bland and very flat. If you haven't yet read any Tom Sharpe treat yourself to one of his earlier works (Riotous Assembly & Wilt to name but two). If you have read Tom Sharpe and like his work ... stop here, this book will break the comic spell. The edition I have, I now note on the back cover has not one line of praise for the work itself. It only has just praise for the author himself. Very telling when the publisher can't find anyone with a good word for the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How are the mighty fallen 3 Sep 2011
By Anselmo
What a huge let down. Where is the hilarious humour that had me lying helpless on the floor unable to breathe for laughing. Ever since I read Riotous Assembly many years ago Tom Sharpe has given me, my father and my brothers such pleasure. Even when we would discuss the books between us we would all fall victim to uncontrollable helpless laughter. Sadly this book has left me cold. I did not laugh once during my reading of it.
Maybe he needs the money and is just going through the motions. Oh for the return of Constable Els, what a hero he was to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lady H.
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Was a bit disappointed in this book, even though Tom Sharpe is heading back to his previous form. It had all the makings of a "Wilt" story, but the humour is just not the same as it used to be. Maybe I've grown up a bit since the first Wilt episode and I have changed... If you are a Tom Sharpe fan its worth buying, but not up to the standard of the previous Wilt books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I think I picked the wrong one 5 July 2011
By Tino
Tom Sharpe, the legend. I finally thought I would pick one up and inspired by a trip to Daunt books - I gave it a whirl.

Oops - it seems I made a mistake.
Wilt Inheritance seems like the authors requirement to knock out a book for a publisher by a certain deadline. The book lacks any kind of flow, although the earlier stages are slightly better than the last third which seems like it was rushed through whilst in the taxi on the way to the publishers.

This book lacks any kind of character development, flow and most importantly for a comedy - wit. Sharpe seems to be trying his hand at modern comedy, looking at modern stereotypes, and modern family problems but misses the mark by some distance.

But the worst thing about this book, is the last third. It requires the reader to lose all cognitive thought as it races through a series of events without any depth or tact; most of it ludicrously absurd. There is an attempt at a shock and perhaps a twist, but it is so badly done that you barely notice it or even care. In fact, the ending is so bad, that I actually laughed out loud at the level of stupidity you must need to be to get drawn in.

I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. The original Wilt book was first published in 1976 and is widely considered to be brilliant. This book seemed like an author trying to morph into contemporary times but failing. It just did not resonate at all.

I have just ordered Wilt the original and hopefully I will not be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Fell short of expectations
I have read all Tom Sharpe's novels and particularly enjoy the Wilt books. This one however was rather devoid of any comedic content and failed to raise a single laugh out loud,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pipmeldrew
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Sharpe's strongest stories
I have read most of Sharpe's works and have enjoyed them all immensely. This one however, was a struggle to read and seemed very disjointed with Sharpe's humour only really... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alan Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious holiday read
Great laugh.... Again. I'm going to download a couple of the older Wilt books and read them again as they are really funny
Published 3 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Inherent Wilt
It's a long time since I read the first Wilt Novels, so it's been a pleasant trip down memory lane with this story.
Thankyou Tom for a good laugh :)
Published 4 months ago by Robert E Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good inheritance
(Re-read on Kindle). So unlike ALL of the other books. Poor characterisation, no humour. Surely this had to be ghost written as it's so non Tom Sharpe. Shame,shame shame......
Published 4 months ago by Joffam
3.0 out of 5 stars Wilt losing it
Like a lot of things they get a bit long in the tooth and loses the edge. Tom Sharpe continues with the anti-hero Henry Wilt but the plot has worn a little thin.
Published 6 months ago by Mr D.S. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh and Laugh
If you have never read a Tom Sharpe book you have not lived. He is laugh out loud funny. PLEASE give a go, you will not regret and be back to buy more.
Published 7 months ago by Claire
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
I have read this book and I found it to be a very good read as you would expect from this Author.
I very much enjoyed the book.
Published 9 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars More Sharpe Magic
Brilliant. My friends husband is reading the complete series. Maybe he will let me see them shortly! I hope he hurries up!
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. C. M. Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilt does it again.
Tom could never labour a story. All that I have read have been sharp, crisp and funny. Did I mention I am barred from reading him in bed? I laugh too much and disturb the wife.
Published 10 months ago by Alp
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