“Tom Sharpe is very funny—but exceptionally vulgar, crude and offensive. Many view him as Britain’s funniest living novelist. Most people feel that his first two novels, set in a fictionalized South Africa, are his best: Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure.” —Michael Dirda

“Sharpe is one of England’s funniest writers. He’s in the tradition of the 19th-century satirist Thomas Love Peacock, who wrote novels of ideas laced with physical, slapstick farce.” —Martin Levin, on Porterhouse Blue