Riotous Assembly

Riotous Assembly

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/11/2002
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Riotous Assembly
So funny, I was nearly ill!
This book literally nearly made me gag through laughing too hard. A brilliant piece of farce, with a great cast of characters. Perhaps not a book for the m... READ MORE
David Pitney at Milton Keynes


When Miss Hazelstone of Jacaranda Park kills her Zulu cook in a sensational crime passionel, the gallant members of the South African police force are soon on the scene: Kommandant van Heerden, whose secret longing for the heart of an English gentleman leads to the most memorable transplant operation yet recorded; Luitenant Verkramp of the Security Branch, ever active in the pursuit of Communist cells; Konstabel Els, with his propensity for shooting first and not thinking later - and also for forcing himself upon African women in a manner legally reserved for male members of their own race. In the course of the strange events which follow, we encounter some very esoteric perversions when the Kommandant is held captive in Miss Hazelstone's remarkable rubber room; and some even more amazing perversions of justice when Miss Hazelstone's brother, the Bishop of Barotseland, is sentenced to be hanged on the ancient gallows in the local prison. Not a 'political' novel in any previously imagined sense, Riotous Assembly provided a completely fresh approach to the South African scene - an approach startling in its deadpan savagery and yet also outrageously funny.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9780099435457
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 224g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 20 mm

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Riotous Assembly
Riotous Assembly
Tom Sharpe is a very clever funny writer, if you fail to laugh out loud when reading his books, you do not have a sense of humour. The first two books I ev... READ MORE
Riotous Assembly
Riotous Assembly
This is without a doubt the funniest book that I have ever read. The characters are hideously funny but believable. Commandant van Heerden is terrific and... READ MORE
Bill Edmunds