Fine condition.Hodder & Stoughton,2003.First UK edition-third printing(3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4).Grey hardback(silver lettering to the spine,small nick on the edge of the cover) with Dj(small crease,scratch and nick on the Dj cover),both in fine condition.Illustrated with b/w photos.The book is new with a small nick and light shelf wear on the outer edges of the pages,small pencil mark impression on the edge of the first page of the book.Price clipped.443pp including List of illustrations,bibliography,source notes,index. This is another paragraph Product Description: 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.