Wilt (novel)

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AuthorTom Sharpe
Audio read byAndrew Sachs, Nigel Graham
GenreComedic novel
Publication date
Followed byThe Wilt Alternative 

Wilt is a comedic novel by Tom Sharpe, first published by Secker and Warburg in 1976. Later editions were published by Pan Books, and Overlook TP. The novel was a bestseller. Its success led to the author writing several sequels.[1] [2]

Plot introduction[edit]

Henry Wilt is a demoralized and professionally under-rated assistant lecturer who teaches literature to uninterested construction apprentices at a community college in the south of England. Years of henpecking and harassment by his physically powerful but emotionally immature wife Eva leave him with dreams of killing her in various gruesome ways. But a string of unfortunate events (including one involving an inflatable plastic female doll) start Henry on a farcical journey. Along the way he finds humiliation and chaos, which ultimately lead him to discover his own strengths and some level of dignity. All the while he is pursued by the tenacious police inspector Flint, whose plodding skills of detection and deduction interpret Wilt's often bizarre actions as heinous crimes.[3]


  • Henry Wilt
  • Eva Wilt
  • Inspector Flint
  • Sergeant Yates
  • Sally Pringsheim
  • Gaskell Pringsheim
  • Mr. Morris, Head of Liberal Studies
  • Peter Braintree, lecturer in English
  • Dr. Board
  • Dr. Mayfield
  • Reverend St. John Froude


  • In 1989 the novel was adapted for the film Wilt (titled The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt in North America).
  • The book was released in two audiobook formats: abridged by HarperCollins Audio Books and read by Andrew Sachs (ISBN 0001046705), and unabridged by ISIS Audio Books and read by Nigel Graham (ISBN 1856955257).


Tom Sharpe wrote several sequels and additional works featuring Henry Wilt:


  1. ^ Fox, Margalit (9 June 2013). "Tom Sharpe, Darkly Satirical British Novelist, Dies at 85". The New York Times. New York: The New York Times Company. p. A24. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Five facts about novelist Tom Sharpe, the man behind Wilt". The Week. Dennis Publishing. 6 Jun 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Wilt". GOODREADS. Goodreads Inc. 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2018.