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Spike Milligan: Man of Letters Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670923737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670923731
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

Pulls together bundles of Milligan's wonderfully witty and wacky correspondence spanning four decades (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

The legendary and iconic figure, Spike Milligan was born at Ahmednagar in India in 1918. He received his first education in a tent in the Hyderabad Sindh desert and graduated from there, through a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and England, to the Lewisham Polytechnic. He then plunged into the world of Show Business, seduced by his first stage appearance, at the age of eight, in the nativity play of his Poona convent school. He began his career as a band musician, but became famous as a humorous scriptwriter and actor in both films and broadcasting. He was the creator, principal writer and performer of the infamous Goon Show. Spike received an honorary CBE in 1992 and Knighthood in 2000. He died in 2002.


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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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Absolutely magnificent and a fascinating insight into the mind of my ultimate, comedy writing hero. Some letters are poignant, some angry, some sad and many to do with his conservation work and touching on the struggles of his mental illness. But the wonder of Spike shone through - I laughed till I cried at some of his funny notes. Great read. Highly recommended.
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An absolute genius, if I thought I could get away with it I would use some of his letters as templates to write a few of my own to various people! Some of the correspondance reveals a small part of Spikes mind and how he interacted with his friends.
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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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Strongly recommend this book..... but NOT in Kindle. There are a lot of facsimiles of letters in the book but the print of them is so poor that they are almost illegible. They are mid grey against the Kindle screen white and need much more contrast to become readable. Otherwise, Spike is Spike and his letters are well worth reading.
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Good old Spike! What a literary genius he was with his crazy, clever humour. I loved this book as I loved to see him in the Goon Shows all those years ago. Great to cheer oneself up with.
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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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If you buy this book expecting to be laughing out loud at every page, you've bought the wrong book - but if you want a fascinating and poignant insight into the mind of a troubled and hugely principled genius who left a lasting influence on the shape of British society, read it now. Especially moving are the letters he writes to ordinary members of the public, in particular those who shared his mental health issues. Not just a man of letters, but a man of enormous heart and conscience. We need more of his sort.
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