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Puckoon | Spike Milligan
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Puckoon is Spike Milligan's classic slapstick novel, reissued for the first time since it was published in 1963. 'Pops with the erratic brilliance of a careless match in a box of fireworks' Daily Mail In 1924 the Boundary Commission is tasked with creating the new official division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Through incompetence, dereliction of duty and sheer perversity, the border ends up running through the middle of the small town of Puckoon. Houses are divided from outhouses, husbands separated from wives, bars are cut off from their patrons, churches sundered from graveyards. And in the middle of it all is poor Dan Milligan, our feckless protagonist, who is taunted and manipulated by everyone (including the sadistic author) to try and make some sense of this mess . . . 'Bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border' Observer 'Our first comic philosopher' Eddie Izzard Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.
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Ferihearted
Puckoon | Spike Milligan
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“Life is a long agonised illness only curable by death” #bowiebookclub Ok book but the only book I‘ve ever read that breaks the 4th wall.

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GatheringBooks
Puckoon | Spike Milligan
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So the #BowieBookClub March pick has been announced: Puckoon by Spike Milligan published in 1963. Seems like a lighter, fun read. And it‘s available on BookDep! Whee! http://bit.ly/puckoon

LittleWonder Picked up my copy from BookDep two days ago. #bowiebookclub 2y
ValerieAndBooks I just now ordered from Book Depository! Glad you mentioned they had it. Amazon didn‘t have it new, only used and for a lot of money 💰! 2y
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GatheringBooks @ValerieAndBooks am glad it helped! I like how BookDep always provides a more reasonable and reliable alternative. :) 2y
ValerieAndBooks I just got an email saying my order was cancelled. Apparently they got out of stock before they got to me 😢. 2y
GatheringBooks @ValerieAndBooks awww... too bad. 2y
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TrishB
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This was the only one to tag!
#candycolouredcovers #feistyfeb
@RealLifeReading
Only ones I could find on the shelf! These are hubby's!

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jdtchicago
Puckoon | Spike Milligan

Life wasn't too bad. The trouble with Man was, even while he was having a good time, he didn't appreciate it. Why, thought Milligan, this very moment might be the happiest in me life. The very thought of it made him miserable.