Wilt by Tom Sharpe

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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.

 

About Tom Sharpe

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Tom Sharpe was born in 1928. He did his National Service in the Marines before going to South Africa in 1951 where he was a social worker, and a teacher in Natal. From 1963 to 1972 he was a lecturer in History at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology.
 
Published May 26, 2011 by Cornerstone Digital. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Meanwhile, at home, Wilt's much-loathed quadruplet daughters are up to their usual foulness, threatening to become ""computer-addicted technocrats with about as much moral sense as Ilse Koch on a bad day."" Likewise, wife Eva is still as dim as ever: this time she's decided to rev up Wilt's fadin...

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Husband to the impossible Eva, father of the mischievous quadruplets, assistant lecturer (Grade 2) at Fenlands College of Arts and Technology, resident of 34 Parkview Avenue, and the hopeless victim of three of Sharpe's novels, Wilt first appeared in 1976: 'What sort of man was he?

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The Bookbag

You judge the new book not by the generality of books in the genre, but against that one, perfect book and somehow the new book is always going to be found wanting.

Jun 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Wilt

Time Out New York

After various country house shenanigans involving predatory moves made towards Eva by over-attentice 'friend' Sally (Quick), which end in a prolonged scene with Wilt humiliatingly strapped to a lifesize female doll, he and Flint finally clash.

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