Spike Milligan : The Biography

Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter


Spike Milligan was one of Britain's best-loved comics as well as one of the most original. In this reassessment of Spike's life and career, biographer Humphrey Carpenter has - through copious research and access to many of those closest to the great man - unearthed a character who could be as difficult and contradictory as he was generous and talented. The creator of The Goons was to influence a whole generation of comics, yet was never to feel fully valued. His periods of depression were matched by periods of high creativity - there were poems, novels, volumes of biography, as well as a television series and a one-man show as Spike searched for his best means of expression. There was also, as revealed here, his inveterate womanising. Married three times and with four children to whom he was devoted, two illegitimate children were to remain barely acknowledged.

2003. First edition, first printing. A near fine copy in a near fine d/w.


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  • : 9780340826119
  • : Hodder & Stoughton
  • : Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • : books

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  • : SEPT03
  • : Hardback
  • : Humphrey Carpenter