Gyles Brandreth is a former politician, turned author, actor, broadcaster, journalist, television pundit and in-demand after dinner speaker. In his political guise, he was a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in the John Major government, a period he has written about in Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries. His books include the biographies Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage and Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair, a series of Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, New York Times bestseller The Joy of Lex, children's books, plays and more.
He has made numerous appearances in television programmes such as Countdown, QI and Have I Got News for You, on radio in Just a Minute, Whispers, and Living with the Enemy (which he co-wrote), on the stage in productions of Zipp! One hundred musicals for less than the price of one, Twelfth Night: The Musical, and in his one-man show The One to One Show.
His awards include a Sony Award for Radio Broadcasting, a Channel 4 award for political impact, a British Press Award for his journalism, an Olivier for his theatre production and a British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy. He holds the world record for the longest after dinner speech ever made, at twelve and a half hours.
"Terrific - the first standing ovation for a speaker we've ever had."
DEFENCE INDUSTRY SECURITY ASSOCIATION, 2010
"Probably the best public speaker I have heard"
"In seventeen years in the industry, the best host I have seen or heard"
FRENCH TRAVEL TRADE AWARDS 2010
"A speech that made an ordinary dinner into something special"
SECURITIES & INVESTMENT INSTITUTE, 2006
"Brilliantly researched and tailored to the occasion... relevant, powerful and entertaining"
MONEY MARKETS CONFERENCE, BARCELONA, 2006
& the Nest of Vipers
The fourth of Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed series of Victorian murder mysteries, Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers 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...BUY NOW: Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers
John Major's Government
The Royal Family
After Dinner Speeches
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