/ Key title A major event in humour publishing as a wide range of Spike Milligan's unpublished work is brought into the public domain for the first time in a stunningly produced volume. / Spike was one of the most loved and influential figures in post-war comedy. This collection is the third essential volume for fans young and old. / Edited by Spike's life-long friend and agent, Norma Farnes. / Supported by a high profile nationwide consumer campaign -- including outdoor advertising and glossy ads in the broadsheet weekend magazines. / Guaranteed to receive blanket reviews and widespread press coverage. / 'The Essential Spike Milligan' has sold over 100,000 copies in hardback and 175,000 copies in paperback in the UK alone. 'The Unpublished Spike Milligan' will only build on this success.
Spike Milligan was born in 1918. In the 1950s he wrote and performed in The Goon Show with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe, and in the 1960s he had success as a stage and film actor. Active into his eighties, his one-man shows were always sell-out events. Milligan received lifetime achievement awards for writing and for comedy in 2000 and 2001. He died in 2002.
Praise for 'The Essential Spike Milligan': 'A wonderful anthology!a superbly sustained piece of comedy. Like so much else in this collection, these excerpts inspire a return to the source.' The Times 'Successfully shows why Spike Milligan deserves his place at the heart of British comedy.' Times Literary Supplement 'A joyous and wondrous thing!Alex Games has done a fine job!A sound and neatly timed volume and perfect for filling a Milligan-shaped gap in anyone's life.' Marcus Berkmann, Literary Review