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Old 06-06-2013, 06:14 AM   #1
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British Author Tom Sharpe dies aged 85

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The British author Tom Sharpe, writer of the 1974 novel Porterhouse Blue, has died aged 85.

Sharpe, who was born in London in 1928, died in the coastal town of Llafranc in north eastern Spain on Thursday, according to the AFP news agency.

His 1975 novel Blott on the Landscape was adapted into a six-part BBC TV series, starring Sir David Suchet.

He also wrote the Wilt series of comedy books, the last of which - The Wilt Inheritance - he penned in 2010.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22795507

An excellent author.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:04 AM   #2
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OT: Puuh, when reading the thread title I thought you mean our moderator here and got really shocked.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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I didn't think of that. No, it's not "our" Tom .
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:28 AM   #4
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Thread title edited to lessen shocks to other members
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:36 AM   #5
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OT: Puuh, when reading the thread title I thought you mean our moderator here and got really shocked.
Me too -- I was also rather shocked about his age. I had estimated him, eh, somewhat younger.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:38 AM   #6
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I've read a number of his books. An extremely witty author.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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I feel really bad, in part because although I've had the intention for years, I've never read any of the works of my namesake. From everything I've heard, he was quite a funny writer.

Mr. Sharpe, I'm sorry it took this to nudge me to do it, but I just bought your Indecent Exposure. Rest in peace.
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One of my favorite humorous authors. I've read everything he's written.

RIP, Mr. Sharpe. Thanks for the laughs.
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One of my favorite humorous authors. I've read everything he's written.

RIP, Mr. Sharpe. Thanks for the laughs.
Likewise, starting with his two devastating attacks on the (then) South African regime.
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Likewise, starting with his two devastating attacks on the (then) South African regime.
Yes, Riotous Assembly is the book of his I remember with most fondness - even more so than the better known Wilt books.

What was the other South African one, by the way? I can't remember.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:37 PM   #11
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See the BBC News article linked in the original post. It's in there.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:41 PM   #12
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Don't know this author. Still, R.I.P.

I'll add him to my "read at some point" list as he seems to be highly regarded.
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Yes, Riotous Assembly is the book of his I remember with most fondness - even more so than the better known Wilt books.

What was the other South African one, by the way? I can't remember.
"Indecent Exposure" is the other South African one.

Both two of his best.
Another two are the first pair of Wilt novels - "Wilt", and "The Wilt Alternative". The following Wilt based ones are relatively disappointing.

His best really use his experiences in South Africa and teaching in a Polytechnic in the UK.... classes of groups like 'Meat One' for a bunch of butchers' apprentices and so forth.

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just read the Guardian feature on him - I'd forgotten about "Porterhouse Blue"... another excellent one of his, based on (inspired by?) his time at Cambridge University.

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The one book of his I remember best is "The Throwback," read it in high school many years ago.
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"Indecent Exposure" is the other South African one.
Ah yes. Thanks.
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