RIP Tom Sharpe

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Re: RIP Tom Sharpe

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:58 pm

I did like the TV one Blot and Porterhouse Blue, R.I.P
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Re: RIP Tom Sharpe

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:37 am

Bouncy Castle wrote:Blott was made by the BBC.

ITV did Porterhouse Blue, if I remember correctly.


Wrong. It was Channel Four. :roll:
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Re: RIP Tom Sharpe

Postby raisindot » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:24 pm

That makes me verrrrrry sad.

I first 'discovered' Sharpe when I found a whole bunch of his paperbacks selling for a dollar each on a remainder table at a local bookshop in the mid 1980s. I was mainly attracted by the covers.

Luckily, one of the Wilt books was the first I read and I was hooked. I read everything he wrote and he became my favorite 'modern' British author long before I had heard of Pterry. Then it seemed in the early 90s he stopped writing, or that none of books were published in the U.S. I don't think I've read anything more recent than Wilt on High. Very sad that he's gone.
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Re: RIP Tom Sharpe

Postby Penfold » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:56 pm

raisindot wrote:That makes me verrrrrry sad.

Luckily, one of the Wilt books was the first I read and I was hooked. I read everything he wrote and he became my favorite 'modern' British author long before I had heard of Pterry. Then it seemed in the early 90s he stopped writing, or that none of books were published in the U.S. I don't think I've read anything more recent than Wilt on High. Very sad that he's gone.

His last Wilt book was released in 2010 called "The Wilt Inheritance" and prior to that was "Wilt in Nowhere", released in 2004.
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Re: RIP Tom Sharpe

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:13 pm

Never read his books, just never got around to it.
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Re: RIP Tom Sharpe

Postby high eight » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:29 am

Penfold wrote:RIP. :(

'The Throwback', 'Riotous Assembly', and 'Indecent Exposure' were the books that had me laughing out loud the most.


I love the references to the old Border Ballads in The Throwback:

So dinna fash yoursel', sweet son,
The name ye bear be Flawse. '
Tis so the same with everyone
And no man has nie flaws.

We're Flawse or Faas but niver fause
I pledge my word by God.
For so the ballad is my source
And my true name is Dodd.'
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Re: RIP Tom Sharpe

Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:00 am

I ordered The Throwback and it arrived just in time for the weekend (as did the latest paperback of Bryant & May).

Was thinking that it wasn't all that funny, but then around page 50 I was in hysterics. The doctor trying to explain sex to Lockhart was brilliant!
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Re: RIP Tom Sharpe

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:04 pm

The Throwback's not the funniest of Sharpe's books - in fact there's one bit in it that nearly made me throw UP!

But it's still a good book - better than Porterhouse IMO :D
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