The Essential Spike Milligan

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Fourth Estate, 2003 - Comedy - 344 pages
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A Spike Milligan opus, containing everything from classics to hidden gems, with a foreword by Eddie Izzard.

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Review: The Essential Spike Milligan

User Review  - Jason Mills - Goodreads

This career-spanning anthology (Millelany?) includes poems, sketches, stories and excerpts from Spike's novels and war memoirs. It is organised in sections such as Cracking Up and Beaming Down, whose ... Read full review

Review: The Essential Spike Milligan

User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

This is a great book for those who are delving into the detached, alternate world view which Spike created, for the first time .... for afficianados it is a bit of random retread of the best bits most ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Spike Milligan was born in 1918 to a British military family in the Raj. Young Spike fought the Nazis in Europe before being invalided out. After the war, he wrote and performed throughout the '50s in The Goon Show, with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. In the '60s he had success as a stage and film actor. Frail but still active into his Eighties, his one-man shows were always sell-out events. In 1992 he was made an honorary CBE, and in 2000 and 2001 he received two Lifetime Achievement Awards: for writing and for comedy. Spike Milligan died in 2002.
Alexander Games was comedy critic of the Evening Standard for six years and is the author of 'Pete & Dud: An Illustrated Biography' and 'Backing into the Limelight: The Biography of Alan Bennett'.

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