Tom Sharpe Reading Room
Hotel Llevant is home to the Tom Sharpe Reading Room. In collaboration with the Tom Sharpe Foundation, it is committed to disseminating and studying the author's legacy.
The Hotel Llevant, an oasis for writing
After eight years without publishing a novel, Tom Sharpe was looking for a place where he could regain the peace and concentration to write. In April 1992 he attended a literary congress in Barcelona and, from his literary agency, he was offered lunch at the Hotel Llevant. The writer fell in love with Llafranc and will always explain that "it was love at first sight".
But he also fell in love with the Hotel Llevant, a family-friendly hotel with sea views. He felt at home there and began to spend more and more time there. He would get up early and start writing, then go for a walk around the harbor and then have breakfast. Locked in his room again, he resumed writing and went down to the bar for lunch. He always ate at the same table, but if he was very focused on a plot, he preferred to have a sandwich put in his room. This routine and isolation guaranteed him the conditions to advance in the creative process of novels.
On the small desk in Room 108, he wrote a part of «Wilt Lost» and finished «The Crazy Scholarships» and «The Black Sheep». Hotel Llevant had put an end to the creative drought. Tom Sharpe's gratitude for this oasis that welcomed and stimulated him for years was immortalized in the dedication of L'ovella negra, published in 1996: «In memory of Montse Turró and with gratitude to Jaume, Maria Carme, Pep and Kim, and everyone at the Llevant de Llafranc hotel».
Miquel Martín i Serra