Gyles Brandreth Books

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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 No.13 Series

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

Order of Slippers Series

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

Order of Secret Notebook Series

1My Secret Notebook: Aged 7 (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
2My Secret Notebook: Aged 8 (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
3My Secret Notebook: Aged 9 (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy

Order of Bruno Bruin Series

1The Adventures of Bruno Bruin (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
2Bruno Bruin Discovers America (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy

Order of Tales of the Tamworth Two Series

1The Great Escape (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
2Two Little Pigs Make Friends (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
3Wanted (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy

Order of Tales of Mouse Village Series

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

Order of The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries Series

1Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders 2007Description / Buy
2Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death 2008Description / Buy
3Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder 2008Description / Buy
4Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile 2009Description / Buy
5Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers/ Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders 2010Description / Buy
6Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders 2011Description / Buy
7Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol 2012Description / Buy
8Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper 2017Description / Buy

Order of Gyles Brandreth Standalone Novels

1Who is Nick Saint? 1996Description / Buy
2Venice Midnight 1999Description / Buy
3Jack the Ripper: Case Closed 2017Description / Buy

Order of Gyles Brandreth Plays

1Aladdin 1971Description / Buy
2Cinderella 1971Description / Buy
3Mother Goose (Short Story) 1973Description / Buy

Order of Gyles Brandreth Picture Books

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

Order of Gyles Brandreth Chapter Books

1Spy School (Short Story) 1981Description / Buy
2Nattie and Nuffin (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
3Maisie (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy

Order of Gyles Brandreth Non-Fiction Books

1Brief Encounters 2001Description / Buy
2Philip and Elizabeth 2004Description / Buy
3First Things (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
4Charles Camilla 2006Description / Buy
5The 7 Secrets of Happiness 2013Description / Buy
6Novelty Knits 2014Description / Buy
7Have You Eaten Grandma? 2018Description / Buy
8Messing about in Quotes 2018Description / 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 Messing about in Quotes and was released on December, 1st 2018. It is the newest book in the Gyles Brandreth Non-Fiction Books.

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