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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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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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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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An autobiographical Marathon.... worth every step

This audio book, read by the author is a masterpiece...do read it all. it is an homage to his parents, a romp through his countless adventures , a series of fascinating portraits of the great and the good he has met: the whole story told in the recognisable persona of its 'Tigger' like author. To have kept a diary for so long, so full of such detail, enables we readers to join in the happy recollections.
Gyles Brandreth is the type of National Treasure this country needs. Full of fun, folly, friendliness, with an appreciation of all life has given him, he is a great role model of a KIIND ENGLISHMAN.






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Wonderfully entertaining and beautifully read

Being an almost exact contemporary, I understood every reference, theatrical, literary and royal, though not the obsession with private education, foreign holidays and a good address, which drove Gyle’s father into life-long anxiety and depression.
It was both the most entertaining and the saddest biography I have heard in a long time. Nevertheless, it is hugely enhanced by the author’s peerless delivery: self-deprecating, wry, and masterly in every bon mot.