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Spike Milligan: His Part in Our Lives

Spike Milligan: His Part in Our Lives - Shelagh Milligan I’m not sure what to make of this book. I love Spike Milligan, he was one of my early hero’s and has remained so to this day. This books is very light reading and is a collection of short tributes to Milligan. Some are interesting and insightful, some are a few anecdotes, and some I’ve heard before. The part I’m not sure about: I get the feeling that many of the people who contributed did so out of a sense of duty and might not have done so otherwise. They obviously liked Spike but were perhaps not too keen on this project. Although these are supposed to be spontaneous tributes I get the impression they were sent questionnaires with questions like: When did you first realise Spike is a genius? The more interesting parts come from people who contributions were taken from other sources – such as Harry Secombe’s auto-biography. These are the sections from writers who weren’t sent the questionnaire (if one was sent and I suspect it was). I also don’t like the comments about Shelagh Milligan (who wrote the forward to the book.) There are lots of parts about how good she was with Spike etc. Along with quiet a few on how Spike was unhappy in his first marriage (Shelagh was his third and final wife.) I find it disturbing because between this book being compiled and going to print Spike died and Shelagh effectively cut his children out his will. I’m also dubious about the inscription on his tombstone, part of which reads: I love you, Shelagh. That just doesn’t feel right.I borrowed my copy from Bexhill Library – one street away from the street where The Devonshire Arms used to stand – a pub Spike used to drink in. I do like that about Bexhill, being able to imagine Spike Milligan here both as a young man doing his military training and then going to the De La Warr for reunions.Anyone can be 52, it takes a bus to be 52A. Spike Milligan