Rest in Peace, Tom Sharpe


Brilliantly funny and rich in sarcastic wit in the style of his hero Evelyn Waugh, Tom Sharpe was a terrific English writer. Sadly, he was not nearly as well known in the United States as Waugh or P.G. Wodehouse, and many of his books are not even in print on this side of the pond. Masterpiece Theatre did make shows out of a couple of his novels – Porterhouse Blues and Blott on the Landscape.

If you are lucky enough to find one of Tom Sharpe’s actual books, definitely pick it up and give it a read. He was similar in comic style to Kingsley Amis, but even more cutting. You won’t be disappointed. Incidentally, his second wife, Nancy Anne Looper, who survives him and is the mother of his three children, is originally from North Carolina. So there is one more reason to read his books.

The Guardian has an excellent obituary.

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