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Book Club

I've had to rely on Steve's local knowledge to select the venue. The Old Chequers is a lovely country pub and the staff are very keen to accommodate us. It's a bit out-of-the-way but a super place for the Book Club. There is parking available at the front of the pub.

This month the book is Wilt by Tom Sharpe.

Henry Wilt, tied to a daft job and a domineering wife, has just been passed over for promotion yet again. Ahead of him at the Polytechnic stretch years of trying to thump literature into the heads of plasterers, joiners, butchers and the like. And things are no better at home where his massive wife, Eva, is given to boundless and unpredictable fits of enthusiasm -for transcendental meditation, yoga or the trampoline. But if Wilt can do nothing about his job, he can do something about his wife, in imagination at least, and his fantasies grow daily more murderous and more concrete. After a peculiarly nasty experience at a party thrown by particularly nasty Americans, Wilt finds himself in several embarrassing positions: Eva stalks out in stratospheric dudgeon, and Wilt, under the inspiration of gin, puts one of his more vindictive fantasies into effect. But suspicions are instantly aroused and Wilt rapidly achieves an unenviable notoriety in the role of The Man Helping Police With Their Enquiries. Or is he exactly helping? Wilt's problem -although he's on the other side of the fence -is the same as Inspector Flint's: where is Eva Wilt? But Wilt begins to flourish in the heat of the investigation, and as the police stoke the flames of circumstantial evidence, Wilt deploys all his powers to show that the Law can't tell a Missing Person from a hole in the ground.

 The book can be bought on Amazon in Kindle or paperback (2nd hand available): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0051UPLC6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 .


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  • Siobhan A.

    Hi Martin - I couldn't find the bloody pub - my phone died so didn't have a sat nav I phoned Lindae but she was already there and missed the call.

    9m ago

    • Siobhan A.

      Hope you had a good night. See you next time x

      8m ago

  • Martin J.

    Hi all, many thanks for coming along tonight. Sorry that Wilt wasn't to everybody's taste but at least we had a good chat about the book and also some of our favourite books. At least my choice of venue went down well! The Miniaturist is by Jessie Burton and can be bought very cheaply through Amazon.

    26m ago

  • Linda

    Hi all sorry I can't make it tonight. I just wanted to say that I am enjoying the book....almost finished. It's not something I would normally choose but it has made me laugh right from the beginning ☺ very funny or maybe I'm a bit weird! ! Have a great evening 😊😊

    1 · 7h ago

  • Martin J.

    Hi all,
    Thanks for signing up for Thursday. Hope you have enjoyed the book or, at least, have some views to bring to the meeting. I thought it may add to the festive fun if we each nominated our favourite book(s) and discussed these too.
    Xmas jumpers are welcome! 🎄

    1 · 3 days ago

  • Martin J.

    Ok.

    November 24

  • Martin J.

    You can borrow mine, Steve.

    November 24

    • Steven H.

      Thanks Martin. Could I get it off of you at the Red Lion tomorrow night?

      November 24

  • Steven H.

    I've just found out that my book has been returned to sender as it was supposed to have been damaged in transit! I'm not sure if I'll have enough time to reorder, receive and read the book :(

    November 24

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