Gyles BrandrethGyles has been an actor, producer and Tory MP. He's a natural raconteur with a slightly alarming booming voice. He certainly looked happy enough up there on stage, lapping up the laughter, and I could understand some unkind soul comparing him to a smug Cheshire cat (he represented Chester).
Our host had many amusing stories to tell us. He has written extensively about Oscar Wilde (murder mysteries), the actor John Gielgud and the royal family (he's a bit of a royalist).
At the end, we were impressed with the speed with which he scampered off the stage and round to the public exit for the book signing. What an extravert!