Spike Milligan: Man of Letters

Author: Spike Milligan

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241966930

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 312

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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.

Prince Philip Revealed

Author: Ingrid Seward

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 198212976X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 9771


Discover the full and fascinating story of Prince Philip—one of the most important, elusive, and intriguing royals—in “the first major biography of Philip in more than thirty years” (Vanity Fair) written by the renowned royal family expert and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine. The son of Greek and Danish royalty, consort to the queen, and the grandfather of Princes Harry and William, Prince Philip was at the heart of the royal family for decades—yet he remained an enigma to many. Now, Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, brings her decades of experience covering the royal family to this “authoritative and thorough” (Kirkus Reviews) biography of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, and father, grandfather, and great-grandfather of the next three kings of England. From his early childhood in Paris among aristocrats and his mother’s battle with schizophrenia to his military service during World War II and marriage to Elizabeth in 1947, Seward chronicles Philip’s life and reveals his many faces—as a father, a philanthropist, a philanderer, and a statesman. Though it took years for Philip to find his place in a royal court that initially distrusted him, he remained one of the most complex, powerful, yet confounding members of Britain’s royal family until his death in April 2021. Entertaining, eye-opening, and informative, Prince Philip Revealed gets to the heart of his multi-faceted character and his crucial role in shaping the monarchy in the twenty-first century.

The Essential Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Comedy

Page: 358

View: 7141


This anthology of Spike Milligan's work comprises of favourites from his classic books, (such as Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall, Goodbye Soldier and Puckoon) as well as scripts from the now-classic Goon show. Interspersing such comic genius is also a collection of letters and his celebrated and liberating writings on depression, demonstrating the diverse talent of a man whose creative output spanned over half a century. A selection of children's poetry and writings (Unspun Socks for a Chicken's Laundry, A Book of Milliganimals, Silly Verse for Kids and much more) reveals Spike's irresistible connection with the childlike imagination and a brillant sense of the ridiculous.

Letters of Note: Volume 1

Author: N.A

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452140863

Category: Literary Collections

Page: N.A

View: 2582


This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher's eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening—surprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, Letters of Note is an instant classic.

Said And Done

Author: Roger McGough

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407071114

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 8311


Roger McGough is one of Britain's best-loved poets, and something of a national institution. His name is ubiquitous with matter-of-fact Scouse humour, easy-going charm, and perfect observations of the idiosyncrasies of everyday life, whether you know him from his poetry, or from his regular broadcasts on television or radio. Roger first rose to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the pop group The Scaffold, who had two number one hits - Thank U Very Much and Lily The Pink. He began his poetry career performing with The Grimms, alongside fellow Liverpool poets Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, with whom he went on to publish The Mersey Sound, which remains the biggest-selling British poetry book ever. This is his autobiography - and like the best of his poetry it is packed full of hilarious observations, unbelievable stories, nostalgic reminiscences and bittersweet tales of love, life and loss. From his memories of growing up in Liverpool, playing in bombed out houses as a young boy, to the skiffle-crazed days of his adolescence, through to his time at university - and his meetings there with Larkin. He explores his sudden, almost overnight fame and success with Mike McCartney et all in The Scaffold, as well as his time working with George Martin, and co-writing the Yellow Submarine film script for the Beatles, through his international touring days, to the present. He certainly has many a story to tell about meeting some fascinating characters: Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Marlon Brando, Alan Ginsberg, Pete McCarthy and Salman Rushdie all appear amongst others, but it's his sheer story-telling nous, and his gift for observing the minutia of everyday life, and to completely capture a moment in time which sets this apart from other books. His life story is one that will be universally identifiable to those who grew up with him - who embraced the verve and irreverence of the sixties, only to end up as slightly embittered romantic cynics. This is done here in the most funny, poignant, bittersweet, and melancholic autobiography you will read this year - a man whose hugely popular take on it all resonates with honesty and humour.

Spike Milligan

Author: Pauline Scudamore

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752495011

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 299

View: 8282


Biography of Spike Milligan

Curiosities of Literature

Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1628733322

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 925


Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984? When did cigarettes first appear in English literature? And, while we’re at it, who wrote the first Western, and is there any link between asthma and literary genius? Sutherland’s irreverent literary exploration illuminates every topic imaginable from author advances to Civil War literature to Victorian sex to odd things eaten by literary characters (think Patrick Bateman’s girlfriend in American Psycho). This is a treasure trove of fascinating information for all book lovers.

Milligan's Meaning of Life

Author: Spike Milligan

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0670920789

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 4232


With his lightning-quick wit, unbridled creativity and his ear for the absurd, 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, fiction, as well as several volumes of memoir, in which he took an entirely idiosyncratic approach to the truth. In this ground-breaking work, Norma Farnes, his long-time manager, companion, counsellor and confidante, gathers together the loose threads, reads between the lines and draws on the full breadth of his writing to present his life in his own words: an autobiography - of sorts. 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.

Messing About in Quotes

Author: Gyles Brandreth

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192574884

Category: Reference

Page: 400

View: 6959


Become a dazzling wit or enjoy a good laugh with this entertaining collection of humorous quotations, carefully handpicked and edited by writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth. From Art to Bores, Tennis to Wine, this little dictionary contains over 2,700 of the best quotations, from witty one-liners and funny phrases to pithy comments and unintended humour. If you live to be one hundred you've got it made. Very few people die past that age. - George Burns I thought coq au vin was love in a lorry. - Victoria Wood Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie-detector. - Graham Greene The trouble with a book is that you never know what's in it until it's too late. - Jeanette Winterson

Spike Milligan’s Accordion

Author: Rick Cousins

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004310703

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 9660


Spike Milligan’s ground-breaking radio comedy program The Goon Show created a universe where time and space expand and contract seemingly at will and without notice. The cosmology featured in The Goon Show was governed by confusion, contradictions, fluidity and uncertainty.