Spike Milligan The Biography
by Humphrey Carpenter
Hodder & Stoughton, 2003, ISBN 0340826118, black & white photographs, hardcover, dustjacket
As New Condition
'Spike Milligan was a genius of British comedy. For five decades he was to be one of this country's most influential comics and inspire enormous affection in his many listeners, viewers and readers.
In this first major biography since Milligan's death in February 2002, acclaimed biographer Humphrey Carpenter draws more fully than ever before on Spike's writings and those closest to him to chart the life of this most complex man. He uncovers a personality which could be as difficult, contradictory and misanthropic as it was passionate, sensitive and inspired.
The picture which emerges is seldom straight forward, but Carpenter has created a spell-binding portrait of this tortured genius which will be required reading for anyone who cares about the history of comedy, as well as Milligan devotees the world over.'