With this surreal first volume, Al recommends the war memoirs of a comic genius, covering the period from Britain declaring war to the great man’s first foray into North Africa. There’s never been a soldier quite like Gunner Terence Alan Milligan. But where the dizzy humour stops (briefly, at the top of page 76), you’ll also find poignant reflections. Spike’s memories ricochet between his wisecracks to superiors and his more sombre accounts of life among the troops, waiting for a war. Buy it. Read it. Laugh out loud.