Thomas Ridley Sharpe (30 March 1928 – 6 June 2013) was an English satirical novelist, best known for his Wilt series, as well as Porterhouse Blue and Blott on the Landscape, which were both adapted for television.
Born in 1928 in Croydon, Sharpe was an alumnus of Pembroke College, Cambridge, before moving to South Africa for a decade then being deported for sedition for speaking out against apartheid. He returned to England to lecture before spending time between the UK and Spain, writing a series of novels. He died in 2013 from complications of diabetes. His ashes were interred in the graveyard at the remote Northumberland church at Thockrington, where his father had been a preacher.
Sharpe was born in Croydon (or Holloway and brought up in Croydon). Sharpe's father, Rev George Coverdale Sharpe, was a Unitarian minister, who was active in far right politics in the 1930s. Rev Sharpe was chairman of the Acton and Ealing branch of The Link and a member of the Nordic League who declared that he hated Jews "in the sense that he hated all corruption". Sharpe initially shared some of his father's views, but was horrified on seeing films of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp...
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