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Brought to you by Penguin. 

The long-awaited autobiography from beloved star of Just a Minute, QI, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Gogglebox.

There are few people Gyles Brandreth doesn't know or hasn't met - from the queen to the Sex Pistols, Mandela and Marlene Dietrich to T. S. Eliot, he's the celebrities' celebrity, as familiar and welcome to us on radio and screens as biscuits are to a cup of tea.

Now a grandparent, looking back on his remarkable life, he traces his steps back to being a three-year-old tearing around 1950s London on his tricycle, to boarding school where he had an appendix removed simply to get out of football, to Bedales, where he met Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (and became intimate with a matron), to balancing his growing love of theatre with his love for educating, the 'woolly jumper years', the stint as an MP, the years of close friendship with the queen, to becoming a septuagenarian Twitter star and stalwart fixture in British entertainment.

Throughout it all, there are lessons to be learned as Gyles derives wisdom and wit from his extraordinary encounters. Full of stories and full of heart, this is Gyles as you don't yet know him.

©2021 Gyles Brandreth (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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A busy and very interesting life!

The voice is unmistakeable! He has enjoyed a enormously interesting and busy life. I am trying to think of someone well known and or famous he has not met, interviewed or even wrote a book about! I not aware anyone that is so organised. He has kept so much memorabilia, his archive must be enormous. What does emerge though is what a genuinely nice man he is. We all have our flaws and I am sure that Gyles does too but as I listen to each chapter it is clear that his jovial manner is not at all put on. What you see and hear is what you get. I defy any listener not to be amused and moved.

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Marvellous

It’s a exceedingly well written and engrossing book. I could listen to it for many more days and nights.
Spot the grammatical error (where is the n) ha ha.

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Interesting, well read, and informative read.

Gyles lays out his story. if you are reading his book, then you must be familiar with his views and eccentricities. His book is a look back at a time past, with commentary on the good and bad. He does a lot of what Gyles does best: name dropping. The list of famous people, or privileged people is long; but he includes them without any sense of modesty. Gyles is Gyles, and you get exactly what is expected from him. Despite his rather entitled attitude, he is likeable. His story is interesting; the family concerns, his privileged public school days, his career twists: all discussed with openness. I would recommend this book if you like listening to Gyles, and don't mind all the name dropping! It is, for me, a story of a different world, one that seems to have included lots of privilege, but also some of life's sadnesses. I think we are a little richer for his contributions, and this book adds to the list. His final chapter; the message to his father is lovely. I am sure I would disagree with Gyles on many issues, political and social, but I have enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

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Brilliant

The best book I have listened to on Audible for years…well done Gyles…the voice is fantastic and the words drip from the page. His life has been fantastic and is very much worth listening to.

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Brilliant

I have enjoyed listening to Gyles Brandreth as long as I can remember, so this book was so welcome. It really is most enjoyable.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the book!

I love reading, but I don’t have much time to do so anymore. Gladly, being able to listen to Gyles himself gives it an even more special touch! Wonderful book! Cannot recommend it enough!

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Brilliant

Luckily for us Gyles Brandreth has kept a diary. Exact details weave through the asides and anecdotes holding a remarkable story together. A life spent performing, public speaking, writing and appearing on TV and radio. All topics are discussed. Some surprising, some genuinely moving, some just very funny. A delight.

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Interesting

This was an interesting listen but it was, inevitably I suppose, more than a bit self-indulgent. Gyles is frank about his shortcomings, however, which rendered it worth my time.

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just a minute !

some hesitation noted, definitely some repition of topics evident in this book.
took a while to get into.but on the whole, quit enjoyable.

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A fabulous life

Giles Brandeth had never figured hugely in my life but I knew his various and sometimes outrageous TV appearances and had an understanding of him as an enthusiastic, witty and eloquent personality. I suspected there was far more to Mr Brandreth than I knew and I’m really pleased I listened to his book as I was indeed correct. This is a superbly written, funny and delightful book detailing a charmed life and I could not help finishing the book and really liking the author. What an absolutely fabulous chap he is and I so wish I had made his acquaintance.