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Gyles Brandreth

Odd Boy Out

Starts at: Saturday 23 October 7:15 PM
Finishes at: Saturday 23 October 8:15 PM

“I am what my childhood made me”

The 2021 Festival grand finale showcases innumerable characters – journalist, theatre producer, actor, politician, author, radio and TV presenter, university chancellor, Oldie of the year, poet, bear collector, royal biographer… all rolled into one: Gyles Brandreth, "the best raconteur in the business." (Telegraph)

Writing is Gyles’s true passion and Odd Boy Out his first autobiography. Full of insight into his often eccentric and, at times, tragic family background and early years, it charts his growth into an ever-popular public figure, with many hilarious anecdotes along the way. Hear a story about the ordinary things – family life, happiness, ambition, and love – but also about adventures: meeting princes and presidents, visiting Death Row in America, exploring sex clubs in Copenhagen. It is the story of a boy blessed with wit, of his adventures and the people he met growing up in London, the most wonderful city in the world, in those extraordinary years after the Second World War.

Told with Gyles’s inimical wit and lightness of touch, the heart of the book reveals something unexpected, too: an unforgettable and profoundly moving story of the relationship between a father and his son.