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The Midden - Tom Sharpe

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780099466536
Number Of Pages: 352

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Timothy Brights doesn't exactly live up to his name. Brought up to regard copious flows of money as his birthright, he can't understand why the funds have been cut off, nor why friends he recruited as Lloyds' Names no longer want to talk to him. When gambling fails, Timothy turns to embezzlement, but it's the lesser offence of helping himself to some strangely aromatic tobacco that propels him up the motorway and into bed with the Chief Constable's wife.

The Chief Constable has just survived charges of bribery and perjury and is not too concerned that his efforts to dispose of Timothy involve false imprisonment, breaking and entering, and a spot of GBH.

It is only when the Chief tries to frame his old adversary, the upright Miss Midden, that things begin to go seriously wrong as his underhand ploy opens up the way to spectacular mayhem.

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"Can a book be too funny? Tom Sharpe's [The Midden] might just be. Too much laughing is required..." New York Times 20040331 "One of our best contemporary comic writers- very, very funny" Birmingham Evening Mail "A major craftsman in the art of farce" Evening Standard "He is funny, bitter, a danger to his public and should be applauded wildly by all right-thinking men and women" Listener "There is almost no one funnier" Observer

ISBN: 9780099466536
ISBN-10: 0099466538
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.248
Edition Number: 1

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Tom Sharpe

About the Author

Tom Sharpe was an English satirical author, born in London and educated at Lancing College and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After National Service with the Royal Marines he moved to South Africa in 1951, doing social work and teaching in Natal, until deported in 1961.

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.

He died in 2013 from complications of diabetes.

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