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Peace Work (War Memoirs #7)

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In 1946, Spike Milligan leaves the army and returns to a drab London to resume his career as a band musician. Eventually after several tours entertaining the troops in Germany, he turns to script writing for radio. This title presents his portrait.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published 1991)
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Tosh
Oct 24, 2008 Tosh rated it really liked it
Spike Milligan is a master wordsmith of sorts. Border line DADA, but yet can still write a narration from point A to Z, but it will be an insane trip from one to the other. Milligan is famous for being part of the Goons, which also included Peter Sellers.

As far as I know their performances were made for the medium of the radio, and although they did live shows in front of an audience, it was mostly for the BBC. The Beatles' George Martin was the main producer for their recordings. Which is one
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Reds_reads
Jan 20, 2013 Reds_reads rated it really liked it
The final book of Spike's wartime memoirs, although really this is all postwar. Spike is still doing some work entertaining troops stationed in Germany but is now looking to move away from that line of work and to find jobs back in the UK. As time moves on he is increasingly working on comedy scriptwriting and less on music. He comes into contact with the BBC, Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine and meets up with Harry Secombe again. By the end of the book all the ingredients are there for The Goo ...more
Dave Lefevre
Spike Milligan's string of World War II memoirs gets high accolades, and they deserve their praise. However, something often overlooked is that Spike recorded the audio book versions of each of the books himself! They are treasures! He is a gifted reader, creating voice characterizations for all his friends and the odd characters he meets over his war years (and slightly beyond).

The later books (which, by the sound of his voice, were probably recorded in the 1990s) also contain some loose editin
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Mike Steven
Sep 21, 2014 Mike Steven rated it it was ok
Although it's a short book, it actually took me quite a while to read as it's very easy to put it down.

The last installment of Spike Milligan's 'war diaries' takes place in the years following the war and follow Spike as he tries to launch his showbiz career. This is, in no way, as interesting as when he was actually at war and is very, very repetitive. Basically, Spike played in theatres in different cities and different countries. He also tries to have sex with various women he meets along th
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Tanis
Mar 05, 2014 Tanis rated it did not like it
I love Spike Milligan but this is a terrible book. He's obviously written it from his appointments diary which makes it quite dull. Nothing more really than a list of woeful bookings in Europe and women he slept with or wanted to sleep with.
Kerry
Nov 13, 2013 Kerry rated it liked it
Well, I don't think this measures up to the volumes which cover his time in the army in Africa and Italy but this one is much better than book #6. The war books had a nice sense of fun (including Hitler skits), a sense of comradely with his fellow soldiers, while in the midst of a massive horrible war. After that danger and black humor is lost, the post-war books read a little more like a rock 'n' roll tour diary, complete with a detailing of conquests and lots of business details about a tourin ...more
Malcolm Pellettier
Oct 20, 2015 Malcolm Pellettier rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-wwii-brit
John Cleese's hero.
prolific bugger.
David Highton
Dec 22, 2015 David Highton rated it really liked it
not as funny as the earlier memoirs but still a great read
Ben Shepherd
Jun 03, 2013 Ben Shepherd rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
Very good - definitely one of the better ones of Spike's war septet.
Iain Watson
Peace Work by Milligan (1999)
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Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan, known as Spike, was a comedian, writer and musician. He was of Irish descent, but spent most of his childhood in India and lived most of his later life in England, moving to Australia after retirement. He is famous for his work in The Goon Show, children's poetry and a series of comical autobiographical novels about his experiences serving in the British Army in ...more
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