Gyles Brandreth Books

Gyles Brandreth is an English author that is known more for his political and television career, not to mention his speaking engagements than he is for his fiction.

Order of Secret Notebook Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 My Secret Notebook: Aged 8 (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
2 My Secret Notebook: Aged 7 (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
3 My Secret Notebook: Aged 9 (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy

Order of The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders 2007 Description / Buy
2 Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death 2008 Description / Buy
3 Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile 2009 Description / Buy
4 Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers 2010 Description / Buy
5 Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders 2011 Description / Buy
6 Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol 2012 Description / Buy
7 Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Tales of Mouse Village Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Matt Mouse and the Surprise Party (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
2 Amanda Mouse and the Birthday Cake (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
3 Jack Mouse and the Scarecrow (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
4 Welcome to Mouse Village (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
5 Myrtle Mouse and the Naughty Twins (Short Story) 2000 Description / Buy
6 Matt Mouse and the Big Surprise (Short Story) 2000 Description / Buy

Order of No.13 Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Ghost at No.13 (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
2 The Hiccups at No.13 (Short Story) 1987 Description / Buy
3 Mermaid at No. 13 (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy
4 Hullabaloo at No 13 (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy
5 The Monsters At No.13 (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
6 The Witch At No. 13 (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Slippers Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Slippers That Talked (Short Story) 1990 Description / Buy
2 The Slippers That Sneezed (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
3 The Slippers That Answered Back (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Bruno Bruin Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Adventures of Bruno Bruin (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
2 Bruno Bruin Discovers America (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Gyles Brandreth Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Ondoku Ansh? Ai To Yume No Eishish? 0 Description / Buy
2 Spy School (Short Story) 1981 Description / Buy
3 Who is Nick Saint? 1996 Description / Buy
4 Nattie and Nuffin (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
5 Maisie (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
6 Venice Midnight 2000 Description / Buy
7 Jack the Ripper: Case Closed 2017 Description / Buy
8 Dancing by the Light of the Moon 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Gyles Brandreth Plays

# Read Title Published Details
1 Aladdin 1971 Description / Buy
2 Cinderella 1971 Description / Buy
3 Mother Goose (Short Story) 1973 Description / Buy

Order of Gyles Brandreth Picture Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Operation Earth Spyfile (Short Story) 1978 Description / Buy
2 Operation Sea Spyfile (Short Story) 1978 Description / Buy
3 Operation Space Spyfile (Short Story) 1978 Description / Buy
4 Operation Air Spyfile (Short Story) 1978 Description / Buy
5 Story of Hey Diddle Diddle (Short Story) 1979 Description / Buy
6 Story of Humpty Dumpty (Short Story) 1979 Description / Buy
7 Here Comes Golly (Short Story) 1979 Description / Buy
8 The Rock Penguins (Short Story) 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Gyles Brandreth Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Brief Encounters 2001 Description / Buy
2 Philip and Elizabeth 2004 Description / Buy
3 First Things (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy
4 Charles Camilla 2006 Description / Buy
5 The 7 Secrets of Happiness 2013 Description / Buy
6 Novelty Knits 2014 Description / Buy
7 Have You Eaten Grandma? 2018 Description / Buy
8 Messing about in Quotes 2018 Description / Buy
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Charles Brandreth, his father, was a legal officer for the Allied Control Commission. He was stationed in Germany when Gyles was born. That was in 1948. At the age of three, the family finally came back to the UK. The author attended schools in South Kensington, New Hampshire, and Oxford.

His career in entertainment started with Television. Brandreth hosted ‘Puzzle Party’, an ITV children’s program that aired in the 1970s. His other television credits include appearances on ‘Countdown’, ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Knowitalls’, ‘The IT Crowd’, and ‘The One Show’, to mention but a few.

Brandreth was just as prolific on radio, becoming a relatively common voice on ‘Just a Minute’, not to mention his appearance on ‘Living with the Enemy’ and ‘Wordaholics’.

His political career started in 1992 when he became the City of Chester’s Conservative representative in parliament. During his time as Lord Commissioner of the treasure, he once signed a 136 billion pound check. Even after he left the office, he was allowed to keep his ministerial box.

His followers were offered insight into his time as a whip when he wrote a book chronicling the period. That wasn’t the first time the author spilled the secrets of his political career to the public. Brandreth’s time as Chester’s MP started in 1992 and ended in 1997. During that time, he kept diaries which he eventually published in 1999.

Besides politics, television, and radio, Gyles Brandreth was an enthusiastic member of The Oscar Wilde Society of which he eventually became President. The club consists of fans of Oscar Wilde. It’s objective is to spread his renown.

The fact that Brandreth became president of the Oscar Wilde Society isn’t a surprise to the people who know him. After all, his most popular series of fiction novels features Oscar Wilde. Gyles Brandreth’s love for the figure is well documented.

As a boy, the author was an avid Sherlock Holmes reader. He consumed every literary work Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever produced. He was also privileged to live on the same street as Sherlock Holmes’ fictional home. But as much reverence as Brandreth had for Holmes, he was even more passionate about Oscar Wilde.

He was quite shocked to learn from ‘Memories and Adventures’ (An Arthur Conan Doyle Biography) that Wilde and Doyle were friends.

The two seemed like such disparate figures that he couldn’t imagine them getting along. When he finally decided to produce fiction, there was no question in Gyles Brandreth’s mind that he would write about Oscar Wilde and that Doyle would make an appearance.

Brandreth makes every effort possible to present as accurate a portrait of Wilde as possible in every book he writes. This requires the author to enter Wilde’s head, to walk in his shoes, to spend so much time in Wilde’s company that he eventually becomes a living breathing human being in Brandreth’s mind.

Best Gyles Brandreth Books

Brandreth’s books always resonate with readers because his love for Oscar Wilde is so evident in every novel he writes, with some of the best books in the author’s bibliography including:

The Ring of Death: Oscar Wilde’s play, Lady Windemere’s Fan, is the talk of the town in 1892. And Oscar is quite elated by his success. To celebrate, he joins Bram Stoker, Robert Sherard, Arthur Conan Doyle and the rest of their friends at a dinner party.

When Oscar creates a game that compels all the guests to write down the name of the person they would most like to kill, he doesn’t expect the consequences to follow him home. But then people start dying and Oscar is forced to look to Sherard and Doyle for help in his efforts to catch a killer.

Death of No Importance: Oscar Wild, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Sherard have a murder to solve. A young artist’s model is dead. But the scene of the crime suggests otherwise. All the trio can find is a small spatter of blood, hardly a sign of a gruesome killing. There is more going on than meets the eye and only Oscar’s legendary cunning can unravel the mystery.

When Does The Next Gyles Brandreth book come out?

Gyles Brandreth doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Dancing by the Light of the Moon and was released on May, 26th 2020.