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Summary

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. The demands of his snobbish wife Eva, and the stupendous school fees of his despicable quadruplet daughters cause him the biggest headaches...apart from the hangovers, that is. When Eva signs him up for a summer job, teaching the gun-toting idiot son of a lusty local aristocrat, Wilt is not amused. But, as circumstances unravel and the summer goes on, Wilt sees that the situation could be put to his financial advantage, as well as giving Eva some headaches of her own.

©2010 Tom Sharpe (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Not one of the better stories

As a long-standing fan of Tom Sharpe I was disappointed with this book.
The story was if you looked closely populated by vaguely altered characters from other stories.
The finale solution was tame by comparison to earlier Wilt novels.
The character of Edward was plucked right out of Vintage Stuff
to give one glaring example.
Go for the earlier stories you get more bang for your buck.

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enjoyable

read the first 3 wilt novels 30 years ago. was easy to pick up where I left of with this excellent audio book.

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  • 22-10-18

Never fails to deliver

Not his best, but rip roaring fun as always..Classic Sharpe, a way with the absurd weaving it all into a great tale

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dreadfulll

not even finished first chapter and both narration and book are awfull .. returning asap

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Dire

The story initially showed promise - in the first few pages that is. After that, I can honestly say that the book was not remotely amusing. Very disappointing.

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not as good as others in his canon

it's okay, but not in the same league as earlier works, such as Riotous Assembly or Indecent Exposure.

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a funny book thats just not funny

What disappointed you about The Wilt Inheritance?

id read the wilt books years ago and found them realy good and funny and this wasnt it just seemed a very long drawn out unfunny storey

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id read it before and it just wasnt the same

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i dont think the humour was played out right

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disappointment

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typical sharpe

great. i wish though more was made of the quads. that would v been fun

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  • 24-11-12

good slapstick; a little misogynist?

I loved reading Sharpe in past years - and perhaps I was expecting too much. I laughed, but not heartily. He satirizes both men and women, but the women seem to get the uglier side of his wit in this offering.

Still, British campus comedies - and related novels like this Wilt outing- - are better entertainment than most light fiction. Anyone working in education will laugh at Sharpe's continued commentary on the farcical elements of that system, no matter on which side of the Atlantic. I'm going to download an earlier Sharpe to see if it is him or me that changed.

Michael Tudor-Barnes delivers excellent narration, as usual.

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  • 27-09-11

True Wilt

If you like Tom Sharpes' wit and prose style then this is immensely enjoyable with Wilt on the receiving end of his domineering wife's treatment and at the mercy of the quad's escapades. Great series and worth listening too!

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