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
‘It’s all over, Von Arnheim has surrendered and he’s very angry.’ ‘This could mean war…’
The third volume of Spike Milligan’s laugh-a-line account of life as a gunner in World War Two resumes on the eve of victory in North Africa. Now Britain’s looniest war hero must combat some of the direst threats a soldier has ever faced – boredom (‘Christ, I just thought of Catford’), a cold (‘In this weather?’ ‘Yed.’), moving camp (‘It’s a sort of Brighton with camels’), relaxing on the beach (‘Life was golden, and we were the assayers’), moving camp again (‘We’re already somewhere else’), a visit to Carthage (‘It’s terrible, it’s like Catford’) and a perilous encounter with the gloriously endowed Mademoiselle Villion (‘”Help! massage,” I said weakly’). Against the odds, they survive and are sent at last to Italy to be killed…
‘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.