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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A lot of this is still amusing, but there are a lot of politically incorrect references which have not aged well. However, as someone who grew up only with an awareness of Milligan's wonderfully silly children's poetry, reading extracts from the rest of his work has been fascinating. Read full review

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User Review  - Lucy - Goodreads

The fantastic thing about Milligan is that adults and children alike can thoroughly enjoy his stories and poetry. Absolute genius. Read full review

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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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