Porterhouse Blue

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'Terrific. It is light years since I read anything so original ... (the) character drawing is wonderful ... a very good book' P. G. Wodehouse

'A toppling house of comic cards that knock you flat. He is the funniest author to have emerged for years' Observer

'Chuckling good fun, a glorious romp' Sunday Express

'This supremely entertaining book is guaranteed to make you laugh' Books & Bookmen

'Tom Sharpe makes me laugh loud and long ... He offers so much to delight in.' Ion Trewin, The Times

Confirms that Tom Sharpe is "unequivocally the best thing to happen to English comic prose since Wodehouse died and Waugh got religion." The Plain Dealer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446474655
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/26/2011
  • Series: Porterhouse Blue , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 405,368
  • File size: 328 KB

Meet the Author

Tom Sharpe was born in 1928 and educated at Lancing College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He did his national service in the Marines before moving 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 XXIIIème Grand Prix de l'Humour Noir Xavier Forneret, and in 2010 he was awarded the inaugural BBK La Risa de Bilbao Prize. Tom Sharpe died in June 2013 at his home in northern Spain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2004

    here is one on the academicians

    If you have'nt read Tom Sharpe earlier, Porterhouse Blue would serve well to be your initiation into his world of dark humour. Porterhouse epitomizes the Cambridge & Oxford aura in a restricted sense of the word - a humourous insight into another possible dimension of the sacred alma mater involving the foibles and skeletons-in-the-cupboard of this otherwise poker faced group of academicians, bureaucrats and administrators. The plot weaves around a myriad cast of characters involving the Headmaster, his servant Scullion and a group of bureaucratic personalities who typically run such halloed institutions, and builds into a hilarious orgy of unimaginable events within such a revered edifice. The plot also provokes possibilites of the wildest things that can happen even to the 'staidest' of institutions, engaging you through the plot and effectively building into a wicked twist of fate for all. This compares favorably to some of the other Sharpe's by way of some aptly used words that may cause you to dive for the dictionary now and then, but with no regrets. For those of you who have read Sharpe earlier (and not this), you would very well enjoy this as immensely as the rest - possibly even more. Porterhouse Blue is the prequel to Grandchester Grind - so plan accordingly by reading this before.

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