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Spike Milligan: The Biography

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Spike Milligan was one of Britain's best-loved comics as well as one of the most original. In this reassessment of Spike's life and career, biographer Humphrey Carpenter has - through copious research and access to many of those closest to the great man - unearthed a character who could be as difficult and contradictory as he was generous and talented. The creator of The Goons was to influence a whole generation of comics, yet was never to feel fully valued. His periods of depression were matched by periods of high creativity - there were poems, novels, volumes of biography, as well as a television series and a one-man show as Spike searched for his best means of expression. There was also, as revealed here, his inveterate womanising. Married three times and with four children to whom he was devoted, two illegitimate children were to remain barely acknowledged.

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Hardback Editions

May 2004 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Spike Milligan: The Biography (non-fiction)
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-7540-9548-7 / 978-0-7540-9548-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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August 2003 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Spike Milligan
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-340-82611-8 / 978-0-340-82611-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Paperback Editions

May 2004 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Spike Milligan
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-340-82612-6 / 978-0-340-82612-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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2004 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Spike Milligan, The Biography
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-340-83520-6 / 978-0-340-83520-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Coronet
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Kindle Editions

July 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Spike Milligan
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
Publisher: Hodder
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