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  • Published: 15 December 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241483725
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $32.99

Odd Boy Out

The 'hilarious, eye-popping, unforgettable' Sunday Times bestseller

Written for his grandchildren, this is Gyles Brandreth's story of his time and life lessons from his childhood, to young love, to Romeo and Juliet, to The Sex Pistols

Gyles Brandreth has written many brilliant books. Most are witty, some are gossipy and original, some are life affirming, others fall into the completely hilarious and unexpected, but all, access the secrets of the human heart and captivate his wide and varied readership. He's written glitteringly royal biographies, a Victorian murder mystery series, starring none other than literary legend, Oscar Wilde, a dazzling array of self-help and lifestyle books, odes the written word, punctuation, poetry or otherwise, and even a hugely popular novelty jumper, knitting book.

But, never has he written about himself. For the very first time Gyles Brandreth writes the story of his time, for his grandchildren, about childhood, family, nostalgia, ambition, young love, school, university, The Sex Pistols, TS Eliot and much, much more.

  • Published: 15 December 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241483725
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $32.99

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Praise for Odd Boy Out

Brilliant pen portraits of his father and myriad friends present a framework for Gyles's contemplation of his extraordinary life. Light-hearted and dark events alike are described with his customary deceptively jaunty style, making them funny, moving, and sometimes deeply shocking

Sheila Hancock

Staggeringly brilliant, funny and touching, I loved it

Joanna Lumley

A hilarious and revealing account of growing up and coming of age in an apparently well-to-do but always strapped-for-cash middle-class English family

Eastern Daily Press

He's cheery, fun and has a fabulous grasp of the English language, so Gyles Brandreth's autobiography makes for a scintillating read. His hilarious - and sometimes moving - account of his life from early childhood days through to the adult world of politics and television is candid. It is also a story around his everyday family life, and about happiness, ambition and love. It offers a fascinating insight into a portrait of Britain, too

People's Friend Magazine

Hilarious, ribald, eye-popping, unforgettable, will make you laugh out loud

Daily Mail

Warm, witty, charming. A moving and very affectionate family history. An enthusiast for life

The Times

A magnificent raconteur. A witty account of a most unusual life


A fabulous raconteur with a great many tricks up his sleeve. His infectious zest for life means he has a story for almost every well-known person you can think of

Daily Telegraph

Hugely enjoyable. Engaging

Choice Magazine

A whirlwind of witticisms and of funny tales, both short and tall . . . 'I feel I have lived my life in a magic garden where the sun is always shining' he writes, and in Odd Boy Out he offers us yet another glimpse of that bright, shining sun

Mail on Sunday

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