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This is an auction for SPIKE MILLIGAN: HIS PART IN OUR LIVES, compiled by Maxine Ventham.

"'Spike Milligan: His Part in Our Lives' is a unique insight into the late Spike Milligan, one of Britain's best-loved comedians. Containing contributions from his many friends and colleagues, it sets out to present a 'living biography' bursting with their memories and impressions of the genius who helped them, inspired them, made them laugh or, quite simply, was their pal. The many aspects of Spike's complex character are covered in this book. His wartime experiences are recalled by his comrades, one of whom provides a rare glimpse into Spike's battle fatigue and its treatment. We have a chance to see Spike on stage pre-Goons, struggling to make the audience comprehend his type of humour which would later irrevocably change the world of comedy. His first great love, Maria Antonietta Pontani, tells how she still adores 'Terry'. Professor Anthony Clare takes a hugely revealing look at the Milligan psychology. Michael Parkinson, Barry Humphries, Richard Lester, Michael Palin and Joanna Lumley are some of the luminaries who share their thoughts, providing many funny and poignant moments."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maxine Ventham is a comedy and entertainment writer. She has worked on a number of books including the classic tribute books 'Peter Sellers: A Celebration' and 'Sellers on Sellers'. Maxine met Spike and Shelagh Milligan and became friends with them a few years ago when she organised a reunion evening for Spike and Sir Harry Secombe.

Hardback 2002.

208 pages.

Photographs and other illustrations throughout.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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