Gyles Brandreth

BBC One Show reporter, Radio 4 Just A Minute regular and master raconteur, multiple five-star award-winner Gyles Brandreth has been to Edinburgh before with a musical and with Shakespeare. He set out with his second stand up Looking For Happiness, starting in Las Vegas and ending up in the psychiatrist’s chair.What he discovered about who gets to be happy and how – plus other useful lessons picked up along the way from Frank Sinatra and The Queen among others –  provides the essence of an unexpected 60 minutes of hilarious stories and practical advice.

He is releasing The 7 Secrets Of Happiness, which is both ‘the book of the show’ and a set of rules that are simple to remember but challenging to achieve.

After the Edinburgh Festival Gyles will tour Looking For Happiness throughout the UK.

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Nine Nasty Words

Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

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I Can’t Believe It’s Baby Food!

My aim is to help parents make both cooking and mealtimes as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. It’s all about sharing food that the whole family will love, with your baby in a highchair pulled up to the table. Apart from the first few weeks of weaning, there really is no need to cook twice. In fact, it’s much better that you don’t! Your baby will benefit both nutritionally and developmentally from eating with you; and, if you are not stuck in the kitchen all day preparing endless different meals, you’ll be happier and less frazzled, too.

Your child’s development depends on three key areas of health that are intertwined and are interdependent – these are the Brain, the Immune system and the Gut (BIG). The first thousand days seems to be the critical window to get this essential BIG nutrition trio functioning well, as that is when your baby’s mind, immune-resilience and intestinal health are being primed for the future.

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Extra Life

Steven Johnson will present a four-part television series with historian David Olusoga, also titled Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer. As with the book, the series, set in the context of today’s COVID-19 crisis, explores the lessons learned from previous global pandemics—including smallpox, cholera, the Spanish flu, and others—and reveals how scientists, doctors, self-experimenters, and activists launched a public health revolution, saving millions of lives, fundamentally changing how we think about illness and ultimately paving the way for modern medicine.

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