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Spike: An Intimate Memoir (P.S.) Paperback – 4 May 2004
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'Compelling… you cannot stop reading, so revealing is it of the tortured individual that lurked behind the public facade.'
Sean O'Hagan, Observer
'Written with infectious verve… a cheery book.'
Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times
In this affectionate yet true account, Norma Farnes looks at the whole of Spike's life from his childhood and extraordinary family in India, his ongoing battle with his restless mind, his numerous affairs and his heartening struggles with many varied causes. She gives a mass of wonderful anecdotes and revealing insights into Spike and his circle, including, of course, his often fraught but deep friendship with Peter Sellers. In Spike, Norma Farnes has written a moving portrait of her greatest friend. Above all, Spike's fascinating, very human character is brought to life on every page.See all Product description
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On one level the book is an extraordinary inisight into the machine of 50s-80s British comedy.
On another level the book is an extraordinary insight into the work and life of a genius.
On yet another level this is an extraordinary life story from a quite wonderful woman - the kind of woman that every good and creative man needs in his life. I am fortunate to have that woman in mine
But on the most extraordinary level, this book paints the graphic, wild picture of uncontrollable depression that seems to be born to the best and most productive minds.
For all those who suffer from depression PLEASE READ THIS. There is no other book written on the subject - the disease or gift? - that comes close to explaining to others how one feels when life tumbles from the peaks and hits the troughs.
And unfortunately, still today we with depression must master the art of explanation first before trying to conquer the demon. As Norma quotes Spike "if a man had a leg removed would you ask him to walk?"
Profound, deep, enlightening and extraordinary. Thank you Norma.
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