Gyles Brandreth

Dancing By The Light of The Moon
  • Dancing By The Light of The Moon

  • A collection of over 250 of our nations best-loved poems to read, relish and recite, handpicked by Gyles Brandreth . . .

    'Gyles has discovered the secret of finding happiness through learning poetry by heart. It's wonderful and so much fun.' Dame Judi Dench

    A little poetry really can save your life . . .

    Poetry is officially good for you.

    Not only does it enhance literacy in the young, but learning poetry by heart is the one truly pleasurable thing you can do to improve memory, boost brain power, extend your vocabulary and beat cognitive decline as time goes by.

    In Dancing by the Light of the Moon, Gyles Brandreth shares over 250 poems to read, relish and recite, as well as his advice on how to learn poetry by heart, and the benefits of doing so.

    Whether you are nine, nineteen or ninety, the poems and advice in this book provide the most enjoyable, moving and inspiring way to ensure a lifetime of dancing by the light of the moon - one joyous poem at a time . . .

    Poets include:

    A. A. Milne
    Benjamin Zephaniah
    Carol Ann Duffy
    Celia Johnson
    D. H. Lawrence
    E. E. Cummings
    Edgar Allen Poe
    Emily Dickinson
    George the Poet
    Hollie McNish
    John Cooper Clarke
    John Keats
    John Milton
    Kate Tempest
    Leonard Cohen
    Lewis Carroll
    Maya Angelou
    Monty Python
    Oscar Wilde
    Roald Dahl
    Robert Browning
    Robert Burns
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Simon Armitage
    Spike Milligan
    Sylvia Plath
    T. S. Eliot
    Walt Whitman
    Wendy Cope
    William Shakespeare
    William Wordsworth

    And many more . . .


Gyles Daubeney Brandreth is an English theatre producer, actor, politician, journalist, author and TV presenter. Born in Germany, he moved to London at the age of three and, after his education at New College, Oxford, he began his career in television. He went from presenting Puzzle Party in the 1970s, to appearing in Countdown's Dictionary Corner for over 300 episodes. His career has since encompassed becoming an MP and appearing regularly on TV and radio, but writing is his true passion. His past books include; Word Play, Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations and Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries.