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Publisher's Summary

The Gropes are an old English family based in Northumberland, separated from the rest of society and as eccentric as they come. It is a line dominated by strong-willed and oversexed women, determined to produce more female heirs regardless of whether their desired partners are willing....
At the dawn of the new millennium, timid and gormless teenager Esmond is abducted and lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes. Young Esmond is powerless to escape, and his kidnap sets in motion a stream of farcical events.
©2009 Tom Sharpe (P)2009 Isis Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By Judy on 04-30-11

Great Fun

Tom Sharpe is still the 'laugh out loud' champion. Fun plot with all of the muddles and misunderstandings that he's famous for and a little twist at the end. GREAT

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 07-02-12

Very entertaining, light comedy

What did you love best about The Gropes?

This is a typical Tom Sharpe comedy, full of wonderful characters put into very improbable but amusing situations.

What does Michael Tudor Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The performance by Micheal Tudor Barnes was really engaging with a wide variety of voices for the the sometimes very eccentric characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh out loud.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Niwdeweb on 12-07-17

Leads its genus, bunot the height of Sharps genius

We'll narrated by Michael Barnes, but not Tom Sharpe at his wittiest best.
Still an intriguingly absurd farce in the Tom Sharpe fashion. However, the characters don't seem to be as well developed as those in the Wilt mild.
having read the book I hoped they would grow on me, but unfortunately didn't.
I've rated the book by comparision with other books of the author. So the standard is still far above the efforts of his peers of this comedy genus.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr Peter F Walmsley on 08-18-17

The Throwback revisited !

Was a poor rework of the book written in 1978 by the same author - too many similarities in plot and characterisation to that piece

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