The Wilt Alternative
(Wilt Series 2)
By (author) Tom Sharpe
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Wilt Alternative by Tom Sharpe
Book DescriptionHenry Wilt is no longer the victim of his own uncontrolled fantasies. As Head of a reconstituted Liberal Studies Department he has assumed power without authority at the Fenland College of Arts & Technology and the fantasies he now confronts are those of political bigots and reactionary bureaucrats - in addition to his wife's enthusiasm for every Organic Alternative under the compost heap and the insistence of his quadruplets on looking at every problem with an unflinching lack of sentimentality. It is only when Wilt becomes the unintentional participant in a terrorist siege that he is forced to find an answer to the problems of power, which have corrupted greater men than he. With a mental ingenuity born of his innate cowardice, Wilt fights for those liberal values which are threatened both by international terrorism and by the sophisticated methods of police anti-terrorist agents. In the confusion that follows, Wilt resumes his dialogue with the unflagging Inspector Flint and is himself subjected to the indignity of a psycho-political profile. Bitingly funny and brilliantly written, The Wilt Alternative exposes the farcical anomalies, which have become the social norms of our time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099466499
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tom Sharpe
Wilt Inheritance, Paperback (May 2011)
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.
Gropes, Paperback (June 2010)
The Gropes are an old English family based in Northumberland, separated from the rest of society and as eccentric as they come. At the dawn of the new millenium, timid and gormless teenager Esmond is abducted and lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes.
Wilt in Nowhere, Paperback (April 2005)
Featuring the character who is pitted against the vices of an aristocratic pervert, the merciless greed of a politician's wife and the seedy underbelly of Britain's medical facilities, this work exposes the farcical realities of small-town England and America.
Grantchester Grind, Paperback (April 2004)» View all books by Tom Sharpe
It's crisis time again at Porterhouse. Skullion is showing signs of frailty and the tricky task of appointing a new Master has to begin once more. Meanwhile, the college's monstrous debts refuse to go away and a sinister American seems determined to make a film on the premises.
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Author Biography - Tom Sharpe
Tom Sharpe was born in 1928 and educated at Lancing College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He did his national service in the Marines before going to South Africa in 1951, where he did social work before teaching in Natal. He had a photographic studio in Pietermaritzburg from 1957 until 1961, and from 1963 to 1972 he was a lecturer in History at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. He is the author of sixteen bestselling novels, including Porterhouse Blue and Blott on the Landscape which were serialised on television, and Wilt which was made into a film. In 1986 he was awarded the XXIIIeme Grand Prix de l'Humour Noir Xavier Forneret and in 2010 he received the inaugural BBK La Risa de Bilbao Prize. He is married and divides his time between Cambridge, England and northern Spain.
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