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Odd Boy Out: The ‘hilarious, eye-popping, unforgettable’ Sunday Times bestseller 2021 Paperback – 9 Jun. 2022

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Hilarious, ribald, eye-popping, unforgettable, will make you laugh out loudDaily Mail

A whirlwind of witticisms and of funny tales, both short and tall . . . 'I feel I have lived my life in a magic garden where the sun is always shining' he writes, and in Odd Boy Out he offers us yet another glimpse of that bright, shining sunMail on Sunday

Warm, witty, charming. A moving and very affectionate family history. An enthusiast for life

The Times

A fabulous raconteur with a great many tricks up his sleeve. His infectious zest for life means he has a story for almost every well-known person you can think ofDaily Telegraph

A magnificent raconteur. A witty account of a most unusual lifeIndependent

Brilliant pen portraits of his father and myriad friends present a framework for Gyles's contemplation of his extraordinary life. Light-hearted and dark events alike are described with his customary deceptively jaunty style, making them funny, moving, and sometimes deeply shocking -- Sheila Hancock

Staggeringly brilliant, funny and touching, I loved it -- Joanna Lumley

A hilarious and revealing account of growing up and coming of age in an apparently well-to-do but always strapped-for-cash middle-class English familyEastern Daily Press

Brandreth has been an expert cheerer-upper for more than 60 years . . . Ebullient. Full of fun, famous names and sparkling factsDaily Mail

He's cheery, fun and has a fabulous grasp of the English language, so Gyles Brandreth's autobiography makes for a scintillating read. His hilarious - and sometimes moving - account of his life from early childhood days through to the adult world of politics and television is candid. It is also a story around his everyday family life, and about happiness, ambition and love. It offers a fascinating insight into a portrait of Britain, tooPeople’s Friend Magazine

Hugely enjoyable. EngagingChoice Magazine

Full of fascination . . . Tantalising. Alongside his celebrity stories, his delightfully observed domestic portraits bring to life whole lost worldsGreat British Life


About the Author

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, veteran of Just A Minute, QI and The One Show, former MP and Government Whip, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and founder of the 'Poetry Together' project bringing schoolchildren and older people together to learn poetry by heart. His many books include the best-selling poetry anthology, Dancing by the Light of the Moon, and the international best-seller about spelling and punctuation, Have You Eaten Grandma? With Susie Dent, the lexicographer from Countdown, he co-hosts the award-winning podcast, Something Rhymes With Purple. With Dame Sheila Hancock he presents Great Canal Journeys on Channel 4. With Dame Maureen Lipman he is a regular on Celebrity Gogglebox.

Gyles is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown and has three children, seven grandchildren, and lives in London with his wife, his jumpers, and Nala, the neighbour's cat.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (9 Jun. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241483751
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241483756
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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