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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2001
Gyles Brandreth is one of those humorous writers, once you start reading one of his books, you just can't put it down until you're finished. Two of the most humorous accounts were his interview with the Duchess of York and his work with Lord Longford. Absolutely amazing. At the end of the book he writes about how to keep a diary... I may well start one.
Admittedly, many of the playwrights will not be known to those of us under 30, but they're well worth reading as accounts of amazing individuals. This isn't a meant to be a funny book, and many of the interviews aren't, but the relaxed prose can be so humorous and easy to read.
Worth every penny.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2001
I have to admit that I've always found Gyles Brandreth a bit of a twit - all those knitted jumpers and the teddy bears.
So when my father pressed this book into my hands and said 'Read this!' I did so reluctantly.
But what a joy! Its without doubt the best thing I've read in years. Well done Gyles. I'll forgive you the jumpers and the teddy bears now.
Just one piece of advice - I think this would make a wonderful Christmas present.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
As a lover of Giles Brandreth novels, I found this interesting but not as captivating as most of his other books
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on 15 February 2015
I loved this book - mine is an older edition. Gyles Brandreth has interviewed all the very people that I would have loved to have met. He has written about them in such a delightful empathic way. As someone else has said - it was hard to put the book down until I'd finished it. These are not only funny interviews, they give a new, often enchanting, but deep insight into the people interviewed. I loved it
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on 23 May 2014
Gyles is terrific writer in this kind of a field and this book is no exception. One of his best. The encounters vary a little in interest and I wondered whether some of his material was used again in his happiness book? Enjoyable though, nonetheless.
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on 4 November 2010
I bought a copy of Gyles' book and enjoyed it so much I sent for a copy for my Son, he loves and keeps it in his bathroom
Margaret Gray
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2010
Gyles has a writing style which is very relaxed with each interview being well written and very descriptive. However GB does stray away from his subject matter from time to time and his asides relating to his past experiences somewhat dilute rather than add to the interview experience. Nonetheless this is a good read but one which should be dipped into regularly rather than read continuously.
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