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Spike Milligan: Man of Letters

Spike Milligan: Man of Letters [Kindle Edition]

Spike Milligan
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The Godfather of Alternative Comedy (Eddie Izzard)

Milligan is the Great God to all of us (John Cleese)

Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense (Guardian)

That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man (Stephen Fry)

Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal (Terry Wogan)

A totally original comedy writer (Michael Palin)

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Spike Milligan's letters contain some of the best material he ever wrote . . .

Collected here for the first time are the funniest, rudest and most revealing of them - 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 Miligan: obsessive, rude, generous and relentlessly witty.

'Milligan's zaniness shines through' Telegraph

'The godfather of alternative comedy' 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23949 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241966922
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EK28X7G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spike Milligan: Man of Letters 6 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a Kindle book.

I have a standard Kindle - was not really aware that some of the original images of Spike's letters reproduced here were vertually illegible.

Also very 'grey' in their reproduction. Was advised that this kind of image from the publisher is not really meant for reading as a normal Kindle image. Oh dear......not impressed.
Otherwise, enjoyed reading the normal typeset pages. I shall take care with what I purchase as a Kindle book in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spike Milligan 31 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was a Christmas present for my dad. he is a major Milligan fan, right back to the goon show days. I have not read the book myself, but he assures me it is very very funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extreamly funny. 26 Dec 2013
By Jan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my son who is a big Spike fan. He laughed all Christmas day - he even chose to read instead of being on his Tablet!!! A must for any fan who wants a good laugh.
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