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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|1||Aladdin||1971||Description / Buy|
|2||Cinderella||1971||Description / Buy|
|3||Mother Goose (Short Story)||1973||Description / Buy|
Order of Gyles Brandreth Picture Books
|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
|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|
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?
The next book by Gyles Brandreth is Dancing by the Light of the Moon and will be released on May, 26th 2020.