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Brief Encounters: Meetings with Remarkable People
on 15 August 2005
Gyles Brandreth, star of TV and the House of Commons and a legend in his own woolly jumpers is here with a collection of interviews with the rich and famous taken from those he has made for his column in the Sunday Telegraph.
The subjects range from Sarah Ferguson to Arthur C Clarke, from Quentin Crisp to John Prescott and many more in-between. There are even a couple of sections at the end when Gyles's knowledgeable friends give advice on "how to write a love letter" or "how to commit the perfect murder"
Gyles, at the end of the day, for all his buffooning pompousness, is a nice fellow, so most of the interviews aren't that telling, with Gyles never really pushing the limit of what he can find out. That said he does leave Edwina Currie with something to think about!
The book is probably best read as something you pick up, read an interview and then leave it for a couple of weeks. Gyles tends to remind us in every interview where he went to school and in the section dealing with the stars of the stage there's some reminisces that are repeated.
All in all, a witty little piece of fluff that is easy to enjoy, easy to read and easy to forget that perhaps Gyles isn't the annoying twit he most times appears!