Sunday with Gyles Brandreth: ‘Busy people are happy people is my mantra’

Church, diaries and beans on toast for the former MP and radio personality

Sunday morning? For 53 years, I’ve been promising my wife that I won’t work on Sundays. I’m yet to achieve this regularly. ‘Busy people are happy people’ is a mantra my prep school headteacher instilled in me as a 10-year-old. Many weeks I’m still up early and off to a tour date.

And on days off? I wake up at 7am and drink a cup of tea in my dressing gown. By 8am we’ve arrived at our local church in Barnes, St Mary’s. It’s a wonderful building, 1,000 years old. As I step out 45 minutes later, and chat to the vicar, I can pretend I’m in a Jane Austen film.

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