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Gyles Brandreth - Author

About the Author

Gyles Brandreth is a word fanatic. Founder of the National Scrabble Championships and President of the Association of British Scrabble Players, Gyles has appeared on every word-based radio and TV game show and is a regular visitor to 'Dictionary Corner'. He is a former MP and is now well known for being a regular reporter on BBC1's The One Show and a regualar on Radio 4's Just A Minute. He also appears on panel programmes such as QI and Have I Got News for You.

Books by Gyles Brandreth

Have You Eaten Grandma?

Have You Eaten Grandma?

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

It can be much harder than it seems; commas, colons, semi-colons and even apostrophes can drive us all mad at times, but it riles no one more than the longest-serving resident of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, grammar guru Gyles Brandreth. In this brilliantly funny tirade on grammar, Gyles anatomises the linguistic horrors of our times, tells us where we've beengoing wrong (and why) and shows us how, in future, we can get it right everytime. Is 'alright' all right? You'll find out right here. From dangling clausesto gerunds, you'll also discover why Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses. In Have You Eaten Grandma? he waxes lyrical about the importance of language as, after all, it is what we use to define ourselves and is ultimately what makesus human.

Have You Eaten Grandma?

Have You Eaten Grandma?

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

The go-to good English guide from the grammar guru himself, Gyles Brandreth . . . __________ Why, like, does everyone keep saying 'like'? Why do apostrophe's keep turning up in the wrong place? Why do we get confused when using foreign phrases - and vice versa? Is it 'may be' or 'maybe'? Should it be 'past' or 'passed'? Is it 'referenda' or 'referendums'? FFS, what's happening to our language!? Our language is changing, literacy levels are dwindling and our grasp of grammar is at crisis point, so you wouldn't be alone in thinking WTF! But do not despair, Have You Eaten Grandma? is here: Gyles Brandreth's definitive (and hilarious) guide to punctuation, spelling, and good English for the twenty-first century. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation) Gyles, the Just A Minute regular and self-confessed grammar guru, skewers the linguistic horrors of our time, tells us where we've been going wrong (and why), and reveals his tips and tricks to ensure that, in future, we make fewer (rather than 'less') mistakes. End of. (Is 'End of' alright? Is 'alright' all right? You'll find out right here . . . ) And why not check out the Have You Eaten Grandma? podcast, starring Gyles and a host of other grammar and linguisitic lovers and experts

Messing About in Quotes A Little Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Messing About in Quotes A Little Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2018

Become a dazzling wit or enjoy a good laugh with this entertaining collection of humorous quotations, carefully handpicked and edited by writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth. From Art to Bores, Tennis to Wine, this little dictionary contains over 2,700 of the best quotations, from witty one-liners and funny phrases to pithy comments and unintended humour. If you live to be one hundred you've got it made. Very few people die past that age. - George Burns I thought coq au vin was love in a lorry. - Victoria Wood Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie-detector. - Graham Greene The trouble with a book is that you never know what's in it until it's too late. - Jeanette Winterson

Novelty Knits: 35 fun & fabulous jumpers

Novelty Knits: 35 fun & fabulous jumpers

Author: Gyles Brandreth, Saethryd Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2018

Novelty jumpers are firmly back in fashion and hugely popular on the high street. Now you can make your own - give them to friends and family, or just keep them for yourself. With jumpers for everyone and for every occasion, Novelty Knits is the perfect book for people looking to make something more personal. As well as a festive snowman, Christmas tree, skeleton, ghost, love birds and heart, there are His & Her 'tuxedos' and a robot, as well as patterns for animal lovers, including cats, dogs, pigs and a teddy bear, and enthusiasts, including golfers, musicians, Formula 1 and steam train fans. So whether you want something elegant, outrageous, extrovert or just a little bit different, there is bound to be a pattern designed for you.

Jack the Ripper: Case Closed

Jack the Ripper: Case Closed

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

London. 1894. 'I am not a detective, chief constable.' 'No, but you are a poet, a freemason and a man of the world. All useful qualifications for the business in hand.' So says Police Chief Macnaghten to Oscar Wilde, in a Chelsea drawing room in the company of Arthur Conan Doyle. The business they are gathered to discuss is none other than the case of Jack the Ripper, the most notorious murderer in England. And thus the three men set out to solve one of the world's most famous mysteries - the ultimate truth about the identity of Jack the Ripper. Case Closed is Arthur Conan Doyle's account of the events of 1894, the year of the return of Jack the Ripper. Based on Oscar Wilde's real-life friendship with Conan Doyle and the extraordinary but little-known fact that in 1894 the detective in charge of the Jack the Ripper investigations was Oscar Wilde's neighbour in Tite Street, Chelsea, this is a revelatory and gripping detective story, combining the intrigue of a classic murder mystery with a witty and compelling portrait of one of the greatest characters of the Victorian age.

On Christmas

On Christmas

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2017

A seasonal anthology of Christmas-themed writings to savour during the highs and lows of Christmas Day. This delightful book offers a diverse array of classic and contemporary writers who have expressed their thoughts about Christmas over the centuries - with joy, nostalgia and dazzling wit. Includes selections from Dostoevsky, Truman Capote, A.A. Milne, Jerome K Jerome, and modern day diarists, this beautiful volume is as full of delight and nostalgia as Christmas itself.

Jack the Ripper: Case Closed

Jack the Ripper: Case Closed

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2017

London. 1894. 'I am not a detective, chief constable.' 'No, but you are a poet, a freemason and a man of the world. All useful qualifications for the business in hand.' So says Police Chief Macnaghten to Oscar Wilde, in a Chelsea drawing room in the company of Arthur Conan Doyle. The business they are gathered to discuss is none other than the case of Jack the Ripper, the most notorious murderer in England. And thus the three men set out to solve one of the world's most famous mysteries - the ultimate truth about the identity of Jack the Ripper. Case Closed is Arthur Conan Doyle's account of the events of 1894, the year of the return of Jack the Ripper. Based on Oscar Wilde's real-life friendship with Conan Doyle and the extraordinary but little-known fact that in 1894 the detective in charge of the Jack the Ripper investigations was Oscar Wilde's neighbour in Tite Street, Chelsea, this is a revelatory and gripping detective story, combining the intrigue of a classic murder mystery with a witty and compelling portrait of one of the greatest characters of the Victorian age.

Charles & Camilla

Charles & Camilla

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2016

Gyles Brandreth hat das definitive Buch uber Charles und Camilla geschrieben, uber die ungewohnlichste Liebesgeschichte unserer Zeit. Brandreth, Intimus des britischen Konigshauses, entwirft das authentische Portrat der Beziehung zwischen dem Prince of Wales und der Frau seines Lebens. Alle Welt glaubt sie zu kennen, aber wie sind Charles und Camilla wirklich? Welches Erbe hat sie gepragt? Und wie wurden sie zu denen, die sie heute sind? Eine Familiengeschichte, die ihresgleichen sucht - erzahlt mit einzigartigem Insider-Wissen und typisch britischem Humor von dem Mann, der die Schlusselfiguren in dem Drama allesamt selbst treffen durfte: Charles, Camilla, Diana, ihre Kinder, Familien und Freunde. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Word Play A cornucopia of puns, anagrams and other contortions and curiosities of the English language

Word Play A cornucopia of puns, anagrams and other contortions and curiosities of the English language

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2016

'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.' Only words can do that. Words are magic. Words are fun. Join Gyles Brandreth - wit and word-meister, Just A Minute regular, One Show reporter, denizen of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, founder of the National Scrabble Championships, patron of The Queen's English Society, QI, Room 101, Have I Got News For You and Pointless survivor - on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words and wordplay. Puns, palindromes, pangrams, Malaprops, euphemisms, mnemonics, acronyms, anagrams, alphabeticals, Tweets, verbiage, verbarrhea - if you can name it, you should find it here, along with the longest, shortest, wittiest, wildest, oldest, latest, oddest, most interesting and most memorable words in the English language - the richest, most remarkable language ever known.

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

Writer, broadcaster, and wit Gyles Brandreth has completely revised Ned Sherrin's classic collection of wisecracks, one-liners, and anecdotes. With over 1,000 new quotations from all media, it's easy to find hilarious quotes on subjects ranging from Argument to Diets, from Computers to The Weather. Add sparkle to your speeches and presentations, or just enjoy a good laugh in company with Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Joan Rivers, Kathy Lette, Frankie Boyle, and friends. 'Now we have the World Wide Web (the only thing I know of whose shortened form-www-takes three times longer to say than what it's short for)' Douglas Adams 'Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends' Woody Allen 'Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight' Phyllis Diller 'Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit' Elizabeth Gilbert 'The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it' Terry Pratchett 'Retreat, hell! We're only attacking in another direction' American general Oliver P. Smith

Breaking the Code Westminster Diaries

Breaking the Code Westminster Diaries

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2015

A surprise win for the Conservatives as the voters decisively reject a Labour leader deemed 'not Prime Minister material'? A Tory Party ripped apart by European civil war? A country rebounding from one of the worst recessions in living memory?Check, check, check.One of the winners in an election victory nobody had predicted, back in 1992, Gyles Brandreth is no stranger to a poll-confounding, knife-edge Tory majority. Controversially, his gloriously indiscreet diaries revealed for the first time the secret world of the Government Whips' Office and its struggles to control a party riven by in-fighting over Europe.Now, as history looks set to repeat itself, comes the definitive edition of this widely acclaimed classic, featuring material originally excised for legal reasons, as well as additional diaries taking the story on another ten years.With candid descriptions of the key figures of the era, from the leading players to the ministers who fell from grace - and a bright young hopeful by the name of David Cameron - Breaking the Code paints an extraordinary portrait of Whitehall and Westminster in our time - warts and all.

The Lost Art of Having Fun 286 Games to Enjoy with Family and Friends

The Lost Art of Having Fun 286 Games to Enjoy with Family and Friends

Author: Gyles Brandreth, Saethryd Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2014

One good thing about a recession is that we need to go back to making our own fun. Games are in the Brandreths' blood, they have spent thousands of weekends and rainy holidays playing them and now Gyles, Saethryd and eight-year-old Rory want to share the very best with you. THE LOST ART OF HAVING FUN picks out over 250 games, guaranteed to make even the grumpiest child or adult laugh, and then with all kinds of interesting stories and lovely illustrations, it shows you clearly (and very entertainingly) how to play them. There are classic parlour games alongside all kinds of interesting ones you might not have come across yet. Nine chapters cover pretty much every eventuality: Rainy Day Games, Car Journey, Analogue Fun in a Digital World, Music and Drama, Word Games and Brainteasers, Racing Games, Party Games (split between children's birthday parties and dinner parties), Country House Weekend and last but not least Seasonal Games: Christmas, New Year and Easter. Forget consoles and board games, this beautiful book is all you need. And Queen Victoria (whose favourite games are here too) would be amused. Very amused.

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2013

Writer, broadcaster, and wit Gyles Brandreth has completely revised Ned Sherrin's classic collection of wisecracks, one-liners, and anecdotes. With over 1,000 new quotations from all media, it's easy to find hilarious quotes on subjects ranging from Argument to Diets, from Computers to The Weather. Add sparkle to your speeches and presentations, or just enjoy a good laugh in company with Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Joan Rivers, Kathy Lette, Frankie Boyle, and friends. 'Now we have the World Wide Web (the only thing I know of whose shortened form-www-takes three times longer to say than what it's short for)' Douglas Adams 'Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends' Woody Allen 'Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight' Phyllis Diller 'Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit' Elizabeth Gilbert 'The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it' Terry Pratchett 'Retreat, hell! We're only attacking in another direction' American general Oliver P. Smith

The 7 Secrets of Happiness

The 7 Secrets of Happiness

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Marvellous, brilliant, wonderful, best thing I've ever heard, transformational...' Grace Surman. That was the response from a total stranger when Gyles Brandreth delivered the Happiness Lecture at Birmingham University in June 2013. Someone else in the thousand-strong audience tweeted: 'The 7 Secrets of Happiness are amazing. Thank you Gyles Brandreth, wherever you are.' Well, Gyles Brandreth is here now with those 7 Secrets of Happiness. The secrets are simple rules, easy to remember, but challenging to achieve. Gyles Brandreth found them when he set out on a journey looking for happiness and ended up in the psychiatrist's chair - with Dr Anthony Clare. What is happiness? Who gets to be happy? And how? These are the big questions that Gyles Brandreth aims to answer in this little book. Research (from Manchester University and University College, London) shows that happy people live up to ten years longer than unhappy people. This is a book that won't simply enhance your life: it will extend it.

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol Oscar Wilde Mystery: 6

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol Oscar Wilde Mystery: 6

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2013

In OSCAR WILDE AND THE MURDERS AT READING GAOL, the sixth in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, Reading Gaol's most famous prisoner is pitted against a ruthless and fiendishly clever serial killer. 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith It is 1897, Dieppe. Oscar Wilde, poet, playwright, novelist, raconteur and ex-convict, has fled the country after his release from Reading Gaol. Tonight he is sharing a drink and the story of his cruel imprisonment with a mysterious stranger. He has endured a harsh regime: the treadmill, solitary confinement, censored letters, no writing materials. Yet even in the midst of such deprivation, Oscar's astonishing detective powers remain undiminished - and when first a brutal warder and then the prison chaplain are found murdered, who else should the governor turn to for help other than Reading Gaol's most celebrated inmate? In this, the latest novel in his acclaimed Oscar Wilde murder mystery series, Gyles Brandreth takes us deep into the dark heart of Wilde's cruel incarceration.

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol Oscar Wilde Mystery: 6

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol Oscar Wilde Mystery: 6

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2012

In OSCAR WILDE AND THE MURDERS AT READING GAOL, the sixth in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, Reading Gaol's most famous prisoner is pitted against a ruthless and fiendishly clever serial killer. 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith It is 1897, Dieppe. Oscar Wilde, poet, playwright, novelist, raconteur and ex-convict, has fled the country after his release from Reading Gaol. Tonight he is sharing a drink and the story of his cruel imprisonment with a mysterious stranger. He has endured a harsh regime: the treadmill, solitary confinement, censored letters, no writing materials. Yet even in the midst of such deprivation, Oscar's astonishing detective powers remain undiminished - and when first a brutal warder and then the prison chaplain are found murdered, who else should the governor turn to for help other than Reading Gaol's most celebrated inmate? In this, the latest novel in his acclaimed Oscar Wilde murder mystery series, Gyles Brandreth takes us deep into the dark heart of Wilde's cruel incarceration.

Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile

Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2012

Paris, 1883. Oscar Wilde, aged twenty-seven, has come to the city of decadence to discover its charms, to rekindle his friendship with the divine Sarah Bernhardt, and to collaborate with France's most celebrated actor-manager, Edmond La Grange. Oscar discovers dark secrets lying at the heart of the La Grange company, and is confronted by murders both foul and bizarre. To solve the crimes, to unravel the mystery, Oscar risks his life-and his reputation-embarking on a dangerous adventure that takes him from bohemian night clubs to an asylum for the insane, from a duel in the Buttes de Chaumont to the gates of Reading Gaol.

Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder

Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2012

I see murder in this unhappy hand... When Mrs. Robinson, palmist to the Prince of Wales, reads Oscar Wilde's hand, she cannot know what she has predicted. Nor can Oscar know what he has set in motion when, that same evening, he proposes a game of "e;murder"e; in which each of his Sunday Supper Club guests must write down those whom they would like to kill. The fourteen "e;victims"e; begin to die mysteriously, one by one, and in the order in which their names were drawn from the bag. With growing horror Wilde and his confidants, Robert Sherard and Arthur Conan Doyle, realize that one of their guests that evening must be the murderer. In a race against time, Wilde will need all his powers of deduction and knowledge of human behavior before he himself-the thirteenth name on the list-becomes the killer's next victim.

Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders Oscar Wilde Mystery: 5

Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders Oscar Wilde Mystery: 5

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

In OSCAR WILDE AND THE VATICAN MURDERS, the fifth in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, the two must penetrate the highest echelons of the Catholic Church to solve a macabre series of killings. 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith In 1892 Arthur Conan Doyle, exhausted by his creation Sherlock Holmes, retires to the spa at Bad Homburg. But his rest cure does not go as planned. The first person he encounters is Oscar Wilde, and when the two friends make a series of macabre discoveries amongst the portmanteau of fan mail Conan Doyle has brought to answer - a severed finger, a lock of hair and finally an entire severed hand - the game is once more afoot. The trail leads to Rome, to the very heart of the Eternal City, the Vatican itself. Pope Pius IX has just died. These are uncertain times. To uncover the mystery and why the creator of Sherlock Holmes has been summoned in this way, Oscar and Conan Doyle must penetrate the innermost circle of the Catholic Church - seven men who have a very great deal to lose.

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2011

London, 1889. Oscar Wilde, celebrated poet, wit, playwright, and raconteur is the literary sensation of his age. All Europe lies at his feet. Yet when he chances across the naked corpse of sixteen-year-old Billy Wood, posed by candlelight in a dark stifling attic room, he cannot ignore the brutal murder. With the help of fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle he sets out to solve the crime-but it is Wilde's unparalleled access to all degrees of late Victorian life, from society drawing rooms to the underclass, that will prove the decisive factor in the investigation of what turns out to be a series of brutal killings. Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance is a classic murder mystery in the tradition of Dorothy L. Sayers and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers Oscar Wilde Mystery: 4

Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers Oscar Wilde Mystery: 4

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2011

In OSCAR WILDE AND THE NEST OF VIPERS, the fourth in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, the Prince of Wales asks Oscar to investigate a scandalous crime at the very heart of Victorian high society. 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith The story opens in the spring of 1890 at a glamorous reception hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Albemarle. All London's haut monde is there, including the Prince of Wales, who counts the Albemarles as close friends. Although it is the first time Oscar and Bertie have met, Oscar seems far more interested in Rex LaSalle, a young actor, who disarmingly claims to be a vampire. However, what begins as a diverting evening ends in tragedy. As the guests are leaving, the Duchess is found murdered, two tiny puncture marks in her throat. No one has entered the house; no one has left. Desperate to avoid another scandal, the Prince of Wales asks Oscar to investigate the crime. What he discovers threatens to destroy the very heart of the Royal Family.

Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers Oscar Wilde Mystery: 4

Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers Oscar Wilde Mystery: 4

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2010

In OSCAR WILDE AND THE NEST OF VIPERS, the fourth in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, the Prince of Wales asks Oscar to investigate a scandalous crime at the very heart of Victorian high society... 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith The story opens in the spring of 1890 at a glamorous reception hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Albemarle. All London's haut monde is there, including the Prince of Wales, who counts the Albemarles as close friends. Although it is the first time Oscar and Bertie have met, Oscar seems far more interested in Rex LaSalle, a young actor, who disarmingly claims to be a vampire... However, what begins as a diverting evening ends in tragedy. As the guests are leaving, the Duchess is found murdered, two tiny puncture marks in her throat. No one has entered the house; no one has left. Desperate to avoid another scandal, the Prince of Wales asks Oscar to investigate the crime. What he discovers threatens to destroy the very heart of the Royal Family...

Something Sensational to Read in the Train The Diary of a Lifetime

Something Sensational to Read in the Train The Diary of a Lifetime

Author: Gyles Brandreth, Josephine Poole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

This is a diary packed with famous names and extraordinary stories. It is also rich in incidental detail and wonderful observation, providing both a compelling record of five remarkable decades and a revealing, often hilarious and sometimes moving account of Gyles Brandreth's unusual life - as a child living in London in the 'swinging' sixties, as a jumper-wearing TV presenter, as an MP and government whip, and as a royal biographer who has enjoyed unique access to the Queen and her family. Something Sensational to Read on the Train takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride from the era of Dixon of Dock Green to the age of The X Factor, from the end of the farthing to the arrival of the euro, from the Britain of Harold Macmillan and the Notting Hill race riots to the world of Barack Obama and Lewis Hamilton. With a cast list that runs from Richard Nixon and Richard Branson to Gordon Brown and David Cameron - and includes princes, presidents and pop stars, as well as three archbishops and any number of actresses - this is a book for anyone interested in contemporary history, politics and entertainment, royalty, gossip and life itself.

Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile Oscar Wilde Mystery: 3

Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile Oscar Wilde Mystery: 3

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

In OSCAR WILDE AND THE DEAD MAN'S SMILE, the third in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar risks his life to solve a series of deadly murders in bohemian Paris...'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith Paris, 1883. Oscar Wilde, aged twenty-seven, has come to the city of decadence to discover its charms, to rekindle his friendship with the divine Sarah Bernhardt and to collaborate with France's most celebrated actor-manager, Edmond La Grange. Oscar discovers dark secrets lying at the heart of the La Grange company, and is confronted by murders both foul and bizarre. To solve the crimes, to unravel the mystery, Oscar risks his life - and his reputation - embarking on a dangerous adventure that takes him from bohemian night clubs to an asylum for the insane, from a duel in the Buttes de Chaumont to the gates of Reading Gaol.

Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death Oscar Wilde Mystery: 2

Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death Oscar Wilde Mystery: 2

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2009

In OSCAR WILDE AND THE RING OF DEATH, the second in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, a parlour game of 'Murder' has lethal consequences... 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith 'I see murder in this unhappy hand...' When Mrs Robinson, palmist to the Prince of Wales, reads Oscar Wilde's palm she cannot know what she has predicted. Nor can Oscar know what he has set in motion when, that same evening, he proposes a game of 'Murder' in which each of his Sunday Supper Club guests must write down those whom they would like to kill. For the fourteen 'victims' begin to die mysteriously, one by one, and in the order in which their names were drawn from the bag... With growing horror, Wilde and his confidantes Robert Sherard and Arthur Conan Doyle, realise that one of their guests that evening must be the murderer. In a race against time, Wilde will need all his powers of deduction and knowledge of human behaviour before he himself - the thirteenth name on the list - becomes the killer's next victim.

Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders Oscar Wilde Mystery: 1

Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders Oscar Wilde Mystery: 1

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2008

In OSCAR WILDE AND THE CANDLELIGHT MURDERS, the first in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, the brutal murder of a young rent-boy puts Oscar in grave danger... 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith London, 1889. Oscar Wilde, celebrated poet, wit, playwright and raconteur is the literary sensation of his age. All Europe lies at his feet. Yet when he chances across the naked corpse of sixteen-year-old Billy Wood, posed by candlelight in a dark, stifling attic room, he cannot ignore the brutal murder. With the help of fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle he sets out to solve the crime - but it is Wilde's unparalleled access to all degrees of late Victorian life, from society drawing rooms and the bohemian demi-monde to the underclass, that will prove the decisive factor in their investigation of what turns out to be a series of brutal killings. The Oscar Wilde Murders is a gripping detective story of corruption and intrigue, of Wilde's growing success, of the breakdown of his marriage, and of his fatal friendship with Aidan Fraser, Inspector at Scotland Yard... Set against the exotic background of fin-de-siecle London, Paris, Oxford and Edinburgh, Gyles Brandreth recreates Oscar Wilde's trademark sardonic wit with huge flair, intertwining all the intrigue of the classic English murder mystery with a compelling portrait of one of the greatest characters of the Victorian age.

Charles & Camilla

Charles & Camilla

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

This is the definitive account of one of the most extraordinary stories of our time. Gyles Brandreth, acclaimed biographer of the Queen and Prince Philip, presents a unique portrait of their son, Charles, Prince of Wales, and of the one 'non-negotiable' love of his life, Camilla Shand, now Duchess of Cornwall. What are Charles and Camilla really like? What is their heritage? What has made them the way they are? This is both a revealing portrait of two unusual individuals and a family saga like no other, told with unrivalled authority and insight - and humour - by a best-selling writer who has met all the key characters in the drama: Charles, Camilla, Diana, their children, their families and their friends.

John Gielgud An Actor's Life

John Gielgud An Actor's Life

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2001

Sir John Gielgud made his first appearance at the Old Vic in London in 1921. Through eight decades he dominated his profession, initially as a classical actor, later in plays by Harold Pinter and Alan Bennett. Towards the end of his career, he emerged as a Hollywood star, winning his first Oscar (for Arthur) at the age of 78. When Gielgud died in May 2000 he was honoured as 'the giant of twentieth century theatre'. Dame Maggie Smith said, 'We will not see his like again. It is the end of an era.' In this special celebration of his life and work, Gyles Brandreth tells the extraordinary story of a unique actor, film star, director and raconteur who loved gossip and had a wicked sense of humour. The author draws on his own conversations with Gielgud over thirty years (written with Gielgud's blessing) plus previously unpublished contributions from a range of Gielgud's friends and colleagues - including Sir Kenneth Branagh, Sir John Mills, Sir Donald Sinden, Sir Alec Guiness, Sir Peter Hall, Paul Scofield, Eileen Atkins, Dulcie Gray and David Hemmings. A revealing, and at times touching, portrait of a fascinating personality and an authoritative and compelling account of a remarkable career. John Gielgud: An Actor's Life is as much the story of twentieth century theatre as of one man.

John Gielgud

John Gielgud

Author: Gyles Brandreth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1980

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