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'Spike Milligan wrote the book on today's sense of humour'

'But why keep me in the dark, Holmes?'
'It saves electicity, Watson.'

'What is a black spot? Is it an accident?'

'He gave a groan and he was alive! He spoke as he sat up, 'Have you got a fag, mate?'

Welcome to the world of the classic adventure story, hilariously retold by legendary comic Spike Milligan. Relive Robin Hood, in which Little John becomes Big Dick and the Merry Men are joined by Groucho Marx. give yourself the willies with Frankenstein, whose monster comes to life craving a cigarette. join Sherlock Holmes for The Hound Of Baskervilles, where Guinness and Newcastle Brown are taken intravenously and a woman cries in the night. Thrill to Black Beauty as told by the horse himself. And the hunt for buried treasure with Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins and ... Groucho Marx in Treasure Island.
Spike Milligan, the much-loved entertainer, broadcaster and writer, was widely regarded as the most influential British comedian since the Second World War. On his death in 2002, he was remembered as an 'irreverent and hysterical presence' by Prince Charles. Fellow comedian and writer Stephen Fry described Milligan's writing as 'abosutely immortal'.


Milligan is often at his best here ... the effect is both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar.


Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 1, 2007

    Virgin Books

    400 pages

    RRP $31.99

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The Hound Of The Baskervilles: According to Spike Milligan
Treasure Island According To Spike Milligan
Robin Hood According to Spike Milligan
The Murphy
A Children's Treasury of Milligan
A Mad Medley Of Milligan
Spike Milligan: The Family Album
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Badjelly the Witch
The Bible According To Spike Milligan
Depression And How To Survive It


No Middle Name
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
Men Without Women
Paris For One And Other Stories
The Pier Falls
The Shore
Uncommon Type
The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Homesick For Another World
The Start of Something
Snowdrift and Other Stories (includes three new recently discovered short stories)
The Tsar of Love and Techno
A Snow Garden and Other Stories
Make Something Up
Collected Stories
First Love, Last Rites
The Lemon Table
Great Dream Of Heaven