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Spike Milligan, was born Terence Milligan in India in 1918 and moved to South East London when his father retired from the Army. At the outbreak of WWII, he was an unskilled labourer at Woolwich Arsenal, playing trumpet at night in a jazz band. When his call-up came, he was sent to Italy and Tunisia with the Royal Artillery. It was during this time that he first met Harry Secombe. The pair kept in touch after the war and, at the Grafton Arms, met two other like-minded ex-servicemen, Michael Bentine and Peter Sellers. Under the tutelage of Jimmy Grafton, the four became an act and the Goon Show was born. Although Spike will be remembered most for writing and performing in nearly all the Goon Shows, he was a prolific writer with many volumes of children’s verse, war memoirs, and novels to his name, as well as several mould-breaking TV shows, and stage successes. The strain of the war and the pressure of writing took its toll on his health and he suffered from depression and several nervous breakdowns. Despite this, he was a tireless campaigner, and actively worked to prevent cruelty to animals, environmental damage and noise pollution. Cited as a major influence on most comedy performers who followed him, and on the roots of modern comedy itself, Spike had fans everywhere, the most famous being a certain Royal heir, and is sadly missed.
Books By Spike Milligan
Audiobook of the Month
Life Mask - Emma Donoghue
In a time of looming war, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Will Eliza Farren, England's leading comedic actress, gain entry to that elite circle that calls itself the World? Can Lord Derby endure public mockery of his long, unconsummated courtship of the actress? Will Anne Damer, a sculptor and rumored Sapphist, be the cause of Eliza's fall from grace?