Tom Sharpe’s Partner Buried His Ashes Illegally

Tom Sharpe’s Partner Buried His Ashes Illegally
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English novelist Tom Sharpe, know for Porterhouse Blue and the Wilt series, is probably rolling in his (actual) grave right now after hearing of the scandal surrounding his ashes.

Dr. Montserrat Verdaguer, Sharpe’s partner of 10 years, has been fined by a church court for the unofficial burial of his ashes at St. Aidan’s in Throckington, England, reports The Guardian.

Some time after Sharpe’s death in 2013, Verdaguer reportedly dug a hole in the churchyard with her bare hands and proceeded to bury a bottle of Famous Grouse Whiskey, a Cuban cigar, and Sharpe’s favorite fountain pen, along with a small bag of the writer’s remains. The court heard testimony that Verdaguer performed the impromptu funeral after finding documents in which the author wrote of his wish to be returned to where his late father, Reverend George Sharpe, had been a preacher and was eventually buried.

Sharpe’s remains have since been exhumed due to lack of permission from church authorities. Let’s hope the matter is resolved quickly and the author’s ashes—along with his whiskey, cigar, and pen—can be laid to rest once again.

Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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