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Tom Sharpe (born March 30, 1928) is an English satirical author, born in London and educated at Lancing College and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After National Service he moved to South Africa in 1951, doing social work and teaching in Natal, until deported in 1961. March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in Leap years). ... 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ... The word author has several meanings: The author of a book, story, article or the like, is the person who has written it (or is writing it). ... The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben Tower Bridge at night A red double-decker bus crosses Piccadilly Circus. ... Lancing College is a co-educational English Public School founded in 1848 by the Rev. ... Full name Pembroke College Motto - Named after Countess of Pembroke, Mary de St Pol Previous names Marie Valence Hall (1347), Pembroke Hall (?), Pembroke College (1856) Established 1347 Sister College Queens College Master Sir Richard Dearlove Location Pembroke Street Undergraduates ~420 Graduates 194 Homepage Boatclub Pembroke College is a college... National Service was the name given to the system of military conscription employed in Great Britain (but not Northern Ireland) between 1949 and 1960. ... 1951 was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... KwaZulu-Natal (often referred to as KZN) is a province of South Africa. ... Deportation is the expelling of someone from a country. ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


His work in South Africa inspired the novels Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure. From 1963 until 1972 he was a History lecturer at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, which inspired his "Wilt" series Wilt, The Wilt Alternative, Wilt on High and "Wilt in Nowhere". A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ...


His novels feature bitter and outrageous satire of, inter alia, the apartheid regime (Riotous Assembly and its sequel Indecent Exposure), dumbed-down education (the Wilt trilogy), British class snobbery (Ancestral Vices, Porterhouse Blue), the literary world (The Great Pursuit), political extremists of all stripes, political correctness, bureaucracy and stupidity in general. Characters may indulge in bizarre sexual practices, and coarser characters use very graphic and/or profane language in dialogue. In more printable passages, Sharpe often parodies the language and style of specific authors commonly associated with the social group held up for ridicule. Readers tend to find Sharpe's work either extremely offensive or outrageously funny. Apartheid (International Phonetic Alphabet or in English and in Afrikaans) is the policy and the system of laws implemented and continued by White minority governments in South Africa from 1948 to 1990; and by extension any legally sanctioned system of racial segregation. ... Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ... Bureaucracy is a sociological concept of government and its institutions as an organizational structure characterized by regularized procedure, division of responsibility, hierarchy, and impersonal relationships. ...


Sharpe's bestselling books have been translated into many languages.


Screen adaptations

Blott on the Landscape was adapted as a 6-part BBC television series in 1985, starring Geraldine James, George Cole, and David Suchet as Blott. The script was by Malcolm Bradbury and the director was Roger Bamford. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was formed in 1927 by means of a royal charter. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Geraldine James is a British actor who lives in London. ... George Cole (born April 22, 1925) is a British actor born in Tooting, London, best known for his roles as Flash Harry in the St Trinians films and as Arthur Daley in the TV series Minder. ... David Suchet (born May 2, 1946) is a British actor best known for his television portrayal of Agatha Christies Hercule Poirot. ... Sir Malcolm Bradbury (September 7, 1932–November 27, 2000) was a British author and academic. ...


Bradbury also adapted Porterhouse Blue in four episodes in 1987, this time for Channel 4, starring David Jason, Ian Richardson and John Sessions, directed by Robert Knights. 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Channel 4 is a television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... David Jason in A Touch of Frost David White (born February 2, 1940 in Edmonton, London), better known as Sir David Jason, is a highly regarded British actor, admired equally for his dramatic work as for his comedy roles. ... Ian William Richardson CBE (born April 7, 1934) is a British actor best known for playing the Machiavellian politician Francis Urquhart in the House of Cards trilogy for the BBC and Masterpiece Theatre and to North American television viewers as the man in the Rolls Royce who asks Pardon me... John Sessions is a Scottish actor best known for his comedy work in improvisation shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway?. A gifted impressionist, he worked on Spitting Image and later the surreal celeb soap opera Stella Street. ...


A film of Wilt was made in 1989, scripted by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick and starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones with Alison Steadman and Diana Quick. The director was Michael Tuchner. 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Andrew Marshall is a British comedy writer, most noted for the domestic sitcom 2point4 children. ... David Renwick (born September 4, 1951 in Luton, Bedfordshire, UK) is a British television writer, best known for creation of the sitcom One Foot in the Grave and the mystery series Jonathan Creek He initially worked in a team with writing partner Andrew Marshall, the pair of them providing material... Mel Smith (born December 3, 1952) British actor, film director, writer, producer born in London. ... Griff Rhys Jones (born 6 November 1953) is the comedy partner and foil of Mel Smith. ...


Bibliography

  • Riotous Assembly (1971)
  • Indecent Exposure (1973)
  • Porterhouse Blue (1974)
  • Blott on the Landscape (1975)
  • Wilt (1976)
  • The Great Pursuit (1977)
  • The Throwback (1978)
  • The Wilt Alternative (1979)
  • Ancestral Vices (1980)
  • Vintage Stuff (1983)
  • Wilt on High (1985)
  • Grantchester Grind (1995)
  • The Midden (1996)
  • Wilt Omnibus (1996)
  • Wilt in Nowhere (2004)

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Tom Sharpe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (344 words)
Tom Sharpe (born March 30, 1928) is an English satirical author, born in London and educated at Lancing College and at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Sharpe's bestselling books have been translated into many languages.
Blott on the Landscape was adapted as a 6-part BBC television series in 1985, starring Geraldine James, George Cole, and David Suchet as Blott.
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