♥ Book Title : Milligan's Meaning of Life
☯ Full Synopsis : "With his lightning-quick wit, unbridled creativity and his ear for the absurd, Spike Milligan revolutionised British comedy, leaving a legacy of influence that stretches from Monty Python's Flying Circus to the work of self-confessed acolytes such as Eddie Izzard and Stephen Fry today. Throughout his life, Milligan wrote prolifically - scripts, poetry and fiction, as well as several volumes of memoir, in which he took a somewhat flexible approach to the truth. At last, in this single, gloriously entertaining selection from across his works, Milligan's whole life is laid bare from start to finish, and all in his own words. From his childhood in India, through his early career as a jazz musician and sketch-show entertainer, his spells in North Africa and Italy with the Royal Artillery, to that fateful first broadcast of The Goon Show and beyond into the annals of comedy history, this is the autobiography Milligan never wrote. 'One of Spike's best and most scintillating efforts - an autobiographical assemblage culled from his many memoirs, television scripts, sketches, novels and letters.' Daily Mail 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy.' Eddie Izzard 'Milligan's feverish creativity and love of the absurd reign supreme.' Metro 'Wonderfully evocative and quite surreal.' Prima"Article| Spike Milligan| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : 'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?'
☯ Full Synopsis : "Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared. 'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express 'Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics, throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes' Daily Mail 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Keep talking, Milligan. I think I can get you out on Mental Grounds.' 'That's how I got in, sir.' 'Didn't we all.' The second volume of Spike Milligan's legendary recollections of life as a gunner in World War Two sees our hero into battle in North Africa - eventually. First, there is important preparation to be done: extensive periods of loitering ('We had been standing by vehicles for an hour and nothing had happened, but it happened frequently'), psychological toughening ('If a man dies when you hang him, keep hanging him until he gets used to it') and living dangerously ('no underwear!'). At last the battle for Tunis is upon them... 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal' Terry Wogan 'A totally original comedy writer' Michael Palin 'Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense' Guardian Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories."Article| Spike Milligan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Goodbye Soldier
☯ Full Synopsis : "'My namer is Maria Antonoinetta Fontana, but everyone call me Toni.' 'I'm Spike,' sometimes known as stop thief or hey you. 'Yeser, I know.' The sixth volume of Spike Milligan's off-the-wall account of his part in World War Two sees our hero doing very little soldiering. Because it's 1946. Rather, he is now part of the Bill Hall Trio - a 'Combined Services Entertainment' inflicted on unsuspecting soldiers across Italy and Austria - and is largely preoccupied with the unbearably beautiful ballerina, Ms Toni Fontana ('Arghhhhhhhhh!). But he must enjoy it while he can before he is demobbed and sent home to Catford - so he does . . ."Article| Spike Milligan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Classic Adventures According to Spike Milligan
☯ Full Synopsis : "'Spike Milligan wrote the book on today's sense of humour' 'But why keep me in the dark, Holmes?' 'It saves electicity, Watson.' 'What is a black spot? Is it an accident?' 'He gave a groan and he was alive! He spoke as he sat up, 'Have you got a fag, mate?' Welcome to the world of the classic adventure story, hilariously retold by legendary comic Spike Milligan. Relive Robin Hood, in which Little John becomes Big Dick and the Merry Men are joined by Groucho Marx. give yourself the willies with Frankenstein, whose monster comes to life craving a cigarette. join Sherlock Holmes for The Hound Of Baskervilles, where Guinness and Newcastle Brown are taken intravenously and a woman cries in the night. Thrill to Black Beauty as told by the horse himself. And the hunt for buried treasure with Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins and ... Groucho Marx in Treasure Island. Spike Milligan, the much-loved entertainer, broadcaster and writer, was widely regarded as the most influential British comedian since the Second World War. On his death in 2002, he was remembered as an 'irreverent and hysterical presence' by Prince Charles. Fellow comedian and writer Stephen Fry described Milligan's writing as 'abosutely immortal'."Article| Spike Milligan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Spike Milligan Man of Letters
☯ Full Synopsis : "William Davis Esq. Punch Magazine 8 October 1974 Dear Bill I am sending you another photograph. The one you keep publishing makes me feel I am suffering from a severed head. Love, light and peace, Spike Milligan Here are the funniest, rudest and most revealing letters - most of which have never been seen before - from one of the greatest comics of the twentieth century to some of its most famous politicians, actors, celebrities and rock stars (as well as a host of unlikely individuals) on some surprising subjects: rounded teabags ('what did you do with the corners?') backless hospital gowns ('beyond my comprehension') heartfelt apologies ('pardon me for being alive') and the imbalance of male and female ducks in London's parks Here, then, is the real Spike Milligan: obsessive, rude, generous and relentlessly witty. 'Milligan's zaniness shines through.' Daily Telegraph"Article| Spike Milligan| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Compulsive Spike Milligan
☯ Full Synopsis : "This second superb collected work of one of Britain's best-loved comedians is an excellent companion to the sensational original, The Essential Spike Milligan. Spanning his 50-year career and incorporating a rich and varied range of material, this second anthology is as unmissable as the first. legacies in British entertainment history -- as well as a legion of devoted fans and admirers. His themes ranged from environmental issues to war, from nostalgia to depression, and his prolific output covers some of the most evocative events of the twentieth century, in a style both twistedly comic and harrowingly honest. Milligan, has inspired a second raid on the original brilliant source. Milligan was arguably the most one of the prolific and mould-breaking comic writers of the twentieth century and this second anthology gives another opportunity to sample his finest writing. children's stories, poetry and drawings plus a wonderful collection from his voluminous correspondence from the 1960s onwards with such varied recipients as the House of Commons, the Director-General of the BBC, Private Eye and British Telecom. A compulsive read for all Milligan fans."Article| Spike Milligan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Box 18
☯ Full Synopsis : "This collection of Spike Milligan's work is compiled and edited by Norma Farnes, Milligan's manager, biographer and close friend. Drawing on diaries and letters, it consists of the contents of 'Box 18', a file into which the highly prolific Spike would put his writing and drawings as they came to him."Article| Spike Milligan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Puckoon
☯ Full Synopsis : "Puckoon is Spike Milligan's classic slapstick novel, reissued for the first time since it was published in 1963. 'Pops with the erratic brilliance of a careless match in a box of fireworks' Daily Mail In 1924 the Boundary Commission is tasked with creating the new official division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Through incompetence, dereliction of duty and sheer perversity, the border ends up running through the middle of the small town of Puckoon. Houses are divided from outhouses, husbands separated from wives, bars are cut off from their patrons, churches sundered from graveyards. And in the middle of it all is poor Dan Milligan, our feckless protagonist, who is taunted and manipulated by everyone (including the sadistic author) to try and make some sense of this mess . . . 'Bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border' Observer 'Our first comic philosopher' Eddie Izzard Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories."Article| Spike Milligan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Adolf Hitler; my part in his downfall
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♥ Book Title : Spike Milligan's Transports of Delight
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♥ Book Title : The Bible According to Spike Milligan
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Old Testament: but more mad, more merry, more... Milligan! "And God said, Let there be light; and there was light, but Eastern Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected." There have been many interpretations of the Old Testament over the centuries but never one quite like this. Spike Milligan has rewritten, in his own inimitable style, many of the best-known stories of the Old Testament, featuring characters like King "my brain hurts" Solomon, the great oaf of a giant Goliath and the lesser-known crossword clue, Hushai the Archite. Believers and non-believers alike will enjoy this hilarious re-working, where the jokes, jests and jibes tumble over each other from Chapter One, Verse One until kingdom come."Article| Spike Milligan| Statement ..."