The Great Pursuit - SHARPE, TomPan, 1979, Paperback ..
Tom Sharpe's individual blend of robust farce and deeply cutting satire makes merry mockery of Grub Street. Frensic is a snuff-taking, port drinking literary agent with "a nose for a best-seller". He receives a manuscript from an anonymous author's solicitor - "an odyssey of lust… a filthy story with an even filthier style".Foreseeing huge profits in the US, Frensic places the book with Hutchmeyer, "the most illiterate publisher in the world", who insists that the book's author go on a promotional tour of the States. Frensic produces Peter Piper who agrees to be passed off as the author of "Pause O Men For The Virgin".An innocent abroad in the States Piper is bedded by Mrs Hutchmeyer, a "biblionut into literacy", and is the unwitting cause of confusion upon confusion, disaster upon disaster.
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