Peace Work

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What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Peace work, written and read by Spike Milligan.

‘I had not informed my parents of my return, I wanted it to be a lovely surprise; it was, for me, they were away …’

The seventh and last volume of Spike Milligan’s memoirs sees our hero returning from war and Italy … but to what? Aside from shooting large, inaccurate guns at Germans, all he has done for five long years is blow a trumpet, tell rude jokes and write and perform sketches for the entertainment of bored and murderous soldiers – who on earth is going to pay a civilian to do more of that? From the giddy heights of Hackney Empire to a Zurich Freak Show and beyond, Spike makes his way through the backwaters of showbiz, first as band musician then as one-man wild-act and eventually in the company of a group of like-minded comedians called Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine and Peter Sellers. They decide to call themselves The Goons…

Critics Review

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

  • Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal

    Terry Wogan
  • The Godfather of Alternative Comedy

    Eddie Izzard
  • Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar

    Sunday Times
  • Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics … throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes

    Daily Mail
  • A totally original comedy writer

    Michael Palin

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