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Tom Sharpe
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7 Nov 2002 Wilt (Book 1)

Henry Wilt, tied to a daft job and a domineering wife, has just been passed over for promotion yet again. Ahead of him at the Polytechnic stretch years of trying to thump literature into the heads of plasterers, joiners, butchers and the like. And things are no better at home where his massive wife, Eva, is given to boundless and unpredictable fits of enthusiasm - for transcendental meditation, yoga or the trampoline.

But if Wilt can do nothing about his job, he realises he can do something about his wife - and as each day passes, his fantasies grow more murderous and more real.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099435489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099435488
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His best novel yet ... Mr Sharpe has taken a great stride towards being considered a major craftsman in the art of farce" (Auberon Waugh Evening Standard)

"This delightful book ... lives, rises and triumphs by a slicing wit" (Daily Mirror)

"Superb farce ... If you don't laugh your head off, Crippen wasn't guilty" (Tribune)

"Mr. Sharpe's farce has a gritty satirical edge to it, and the world his embattled central character inhabits is all too real" (Sunday Times)

"Tom Sharpe piles slapstick upon slapstick with the ingenious dexterity of a music-hall illusionist" (Sunday Telegraph)

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

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilt by Tom Sharpe 8 Dec 2003
I first read this book some twenty years ago on a train to London about to embark on my career in Higher Education. For the first time in my life I laughed out loud at a book. I sat on the train in public and could not help laughing at nearly every page, until tears streamed down my face. Tom Sharpes sartorial humour had not been surpassed since. Plumbers four, blow up dolls and further educationalists have never been the same since. Hugely funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed until I cried!! 22 Dec 2010
I first read this book when I was seventeen. I loved it then and I love it still. Just so funny, dry and sharp witted. An absolute classic. Now off to revisit the rest of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an hilarious book that will have you curled up in stitches for hours. It tells the story of one Henry Wilt. A nobody, unnoticed by the world and lumbered in marriage to the formidable Eva, he spends his days as a college lecturer trying to keep day release students quiet for an hour and dreaming of being `someone'.

Into his boring life explodes an American couple, who befriend Eva. Suddenly Wilt's life will never be the same again as he finds himself involved with a rubber doll and accused of a triple murder. In typical Sharpe style we start with a set of innocuous circumstances, then gradually via a series of entirely plausible small steps we are suddenly launched into a bizarre and hilarious circumstances. Wilt's world is turned upside down almost without our noticing.

The results, as Wilt tries to find his way out of his circumstances are a joy to read. I cannot even think of his police interviews with Inspector Flint without curling up in laughter. Wilt calls on all his experience dealing with day release classes to run rings round the police, and confound them at every turn. And when he comes to make up a confession, his years of daydreaming suddenly have a use.

It's a screamingly funny book, not as anarchic of some of Sharpe's other works, but the series of character studies work wonderfully, giving a series of well drawn people. This attention to the characters and the clash of the various personalities is the source of much of the humour and works extremely well.

A classic tale and one that will definitely have you laughing.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Readers of Wilt today will be amazed at just how "unknowing" the seventies Briton actually was. Wilt's mundane technical college existence (teaching day release gas fitters the joys of Lord of the Flies), is severely shaken when he stands accused of murdering his wife, an action which has dominated his fantasies for a number of years. Complete with a rogue's gallery of grotesque comic creations, this book will make even the most sober-sided of readers laugh out load. Enjoy, and pay attention to the wisdom of Dr. Board.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars made a very boring summer very funny 6 Jun 2013
My sister & I were sent down to my uncles country house one summer in Athenry/Galway in the middle of nowhere at the age of 14 and 13 to be taught maths at night when he got home, exhausted. (Martin McGloin - thank you - rest his soul) I stayed in my cousins room who was away at college studying engineering. In his bookshelf, among all the boring engineering books was a small little book called Wilt. Oh how I laughed till I cried:)

I think I can admit that this was the book that got me to read books voraciously afterwards and have done so ever since, now almost 50 !! I passed on this book to my close 5 friends and we all became addicted to Tom's books...and many more since.

Suggest give this book to any 14 year old lad and change his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 10 July 2014
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I absolutely loved this book, a decent helping of wit and a spoonful of sarcasm interspersed between the ludicrous. Top notch!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny 24 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the 2nd Tom Sharpe book that I have read. He is very funny though sometimes crude. I will probably not read anymore of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
tom sharpe at his best
Published 3 days ago by larry griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously funny
side-splitting - laugh out loud!
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It's been a few years since I first read this and it's still laugh out loud funny. Highly recommend this for a summer holiday read or to cheer you up on a grey, rainy day.
Published 4 months ago by Trishaws
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
One of the funniest books I have read. A great start to the Wilt series. Gets more and more ridiculous as you go along
Published 5 months ago by Farhad Shawkat
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
This book is therapy for anyone who works in an educational establishment!!! Lunch times are far more enjoyable, every staff room has a Wilt, Mr Morris, and as for Meat 1 and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by pas259
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
just as funny as I remember when I read it all those years ago.
recommended if you have a funny bone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genre defining.
I admit I only bought this because Tom Sharpe passed away and I was curious how good he actually was. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Fridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Love this book and twists in the plot. humorous, sharp and an easy read.

Starting to read series 2 now, hopefully enjoy it just as much.
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