'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?' by Spike Milligan
A Confrontation in the Desert (Milligan Memoirs)

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Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared.



'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express



'Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics, throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes' Daily Mail



'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times




'Keep talking, Milligan. I think I can get you out on Mental Grounds.' 'That's how I got in, sir.' 'Didn't we all.'



The second volume of Spike Milligan's legendary recollections of life as a gunner in World War Two sees our hero into battle in North Africa - eventually. First, there is important preparation to be done: extensive periods of loitering ('We had been standing by vehicles for an hour and nothing had happened, but it happened frequently'), psychological toughening ('If a man dies when you hang him, keep hanging him until he gets used to it') and living dangerously ('no underwear!'). At last the battle for Tunis is upon them...




'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry



'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese



'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard



'Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal' Terry Wogan



'A totally original comedy writer' Michael Palin



'Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense' Guardian




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.

 

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Spike Milligan was an English comedian, poet, writer and musician, perhaps best known as one of the goons in the classic BBC radio programme The Goon Show. He went on to become one of Britain's leading comic writers and performers. His bestselling titles include Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Puckoon and Where Have All the Bullets Gone? He died in 2002. Anthony Clare was an Irish psychiatrist and TV presenter, best known for his popular radio and TV show In the Psychiatrist's Chair, in which he interviewed a range of celebrities and leading national figures, including Bob Monkhouse and Paddy Ashdown. He was Professor and Head of Department of Psychological Medicine of St Bartholomew's Hospital, as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Dublin University.
 
Published December 13, 2012 by Penguin. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, War. Non-fiction
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