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  • Published: 11 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241971376
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160


Spike Milligan's classic slapstick novel reissued for the first time since it was published in 1963

When the new border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic is being drawn up, the unlucky village of Puckoon finds itself divided between the two - and a mad-cap, slapstick comedy ensues. Featuring one of the laziest protagonists in all of fiction, Spike Milligan's classic novel is bursting with his trademark wit and word-play.

  • Published: 11 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241971376
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the author

Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan (1918–2002) was a famous British comedian, poet, writer and musician. His wild imagination and madcap humour had a timeless appeal that continues to delight audiences of all ages to this day.
Spike (Terence Alan) was born to British parents in India, where his father, an army captain, was stationed in Poona (Pune). The family lived in India and Rangoon (Yangon) before returning to Britain when Spike was twelve.
When the Second World War (as Spike called it, the Adolf Hitler Show) began, he enlisted and served in the 56th Heavy Regiment as a signaller. During his time in the army he joined the Bill Hall Trio and performed for the troops.
He is perhaps best known for creating, writing and performing the popular 1950s BBC Radio show The Goon Show. He has written several story books and poetry for children. His novels include Puckoon, and he produced seven volumes of war memoirs.
Badjelly the Witch, which Spike wrote for his daughter Jane, was first published in 1973. It was performed on BBC radio in England, and later on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday morning children’s programme.
Spike was awarded an honorary knighthood and CBE for his services to entertainment, and also the British Comedy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. A BBC poll voted him as the ‘funniest person of the last 1000 years’. His poem ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ was voted Britain’s funniest poem.
Spike died at the age of 83 and his tombstone inscription – ‘I told you I was ill’ – ensures that he will forever be remembered first and foremost as a comic genius.

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Praise for Puckoon

Bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border


Pops with the erratic brilliance of a careless match in a box of fireworks

Daily Mail

Our first comic philosopher

Eddie Izzard

Milligan is the Great God to all of us

John Cleese

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