This Months Interview

This month our guest is Gyles Brandreth. Gyles is already well known in Petersfield. He’s one of Britain’s most sought-after speakers. A star of Celebrity Gogglebox, a veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, and for many years one of the stars of Just a Minute BBC Radio 4. His many books include nine detective novels biographies (notably Philip: The Final Portrait) and four recent best-sellers.

Gyles Brandreth’s biography is a great read in itself. There is little he hasn’t done – and with no spoilers for the interview, here’s something I liked about his forebears: 

They include George R Sims (the highest-paid journalist of his day, who wrote the ballad Christmas Day in the Workhouse) and Jeremiah Brandreth (the last man in England to be beheaded for treason). His great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Brandreth, promoted ‘Brandreth’s Pills’ (a medicine that cured everything!) I think Gyles can, too.

This month’s books were:

  • Winter by Ali Smith
  • The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber 1950
  • Utterly Dark by Philip Reeve
  • The Sentinel by Lee and Andrew Child
  • The Fell by Sarah Moss
  • Piranesi Susannah Clarke
  • Audio: The Cost of Living Deborah Levy read by Juliet Stephenson

What’s coming up:

  • The Mystery of the Lost Husbands by Gina Cheyne
  • Making it Happen by Rebecca Stephens
  • A Celebration of the South Downs National Park by Gordon Rushmer
  • The Voice, the Face by Martin Muncaster

Suzie’s backlisted, with extract from:

  • The Apple Tree by Daphne Du Maurier

A new edition of Talking Books is broadcast on the third Monday of the month at 8pm on Petersfield’s Shine Radio. It’s repeated at many other times during the month.