Get­ting To Know…

Au­thor, co­me­dian and TV per­son­al­ity Gyles shares with us his love of lan­guage in light of his new book…

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Gyles Bran­dreth

● I was brought up to love the English lan­guage! My 7 grand­chil­dren, how­ever, aren’t in­ter­ested in gram­mar but they can re­cite the rules of foot­ball back­wards. I said to them, “You wouldn’t play foot­ball with­out rules and the English lan­guage is the same – know the rules and then you can break them.” ● My new book is called Have YouEaten Grandma? be­cause with­out the comma it’s funny! But it has caused some trou­ble. When do­ing a book sign­ing, I couldn’t find it any­where. The book­keeper said, “It’s over there in fic­tion, with the other mys­ter­ies.” They thought it was a mur­der-mys­tery. A hu­mor­ous mur­der-mys­tery about eat­ing your nan. The point is, where you put that comma makes a dif­fer­ence! ● Emo­jis are great fun but they are not sub­sti­tutes for the writ­ten word! For this book, I spoke with young peo­ple about so­cial me­dia and text slang. I dis­cov­ered not one of them had ever writ­ten or re­ceived a love let­ter. I said, “What do you do if you fancy some­one?” And this girl said, “I just send him a text say­ing, ‘How’s about it?’” I said, “A text?! Say­ing, ‘How’s about it?!’” She said, “Some­times I’ll send an emoji. Usu­ally a smi­ley face. Or if I re­ally like him, a smi­ley face with its tongue out.” I thought, this is ab­surd.

Have YouEaten Grandma? is avail­able now, pub­lished by Michael Joseph, Hard­back, £9.99

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