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Alan Titchmarsh
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Book Description

5 Mar 2009

An anthology and miscellany of everything an Englishman should know:

- From Austen to Wordsworth

- Jerusalem to the Scout's Honour

- Kings and Queens of England to Land of Hope and Glory

- Savile Row tailors to Jermyn St Shirt Makers

- Tying a Windsor knot to making a pot of tea

- Victoria sponge to fish pie

- The rules of cricket to Gilbert and Sullivan operas


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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340953039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340953037
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally trained at Hertfordshire College of Horticulture and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Alan Titchmarsh is the author of over 40 books about gardening, including How to be a Gardener Book 1: Back to Basics, the fastest-selling of all time in the genre, and the bestselling The Kitchen Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg. He writes for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, and is gardening correspondent for the Daily Express and Sunday Express. He has presented Gardeners' World, the annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show and Nature of Britain, and has his own daily chatshow and presents his own show on Radio 2.

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Book Description

A miscellany from one of the nation's favourite Englishmen of everything an Englishman should know. Like Schott's Miscellany and The Little Book of Patriotism, here is everything to celebrate our Englishness.

About the Author

Alan Titchmarsh is known to millions through the popular BBC TV programmes The Nature of Britain, British Isles: A Natural History, How to be a Gardener, Ground Force and Gardeners World. He has written more than forty gardening books, as well as six best-selling novels and his two memoirs Trowel and Error: notes from life on earth and Nobbut a Lad. He was made MBE in the millennium New Year Honours List and holds a Victoria Medal of Honour, the Royal Horticultural Society's highest award. He lives with his wife and a menagerie of animals in Hampshire where he gardens organically.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very English compilation - as you'd expect. 29 Aug 2009
By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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England, Our England is an anthology of writing, both prose and poetry, celebrating England and Englishness. It's the type of book that you didn't think was written anymore, refreshingly old-fashioned and thoroughly decent but charming. Exactly like Alan Titchmarsh himself in fact. There are the standard pieces you would expect - Wordsworth's "Daffodils" - familiar but half - forgotten pieces - Flanders and Swann's "A Song For The Weather" - and a few unexpected chunks, such as an excerpt from "Kes".

As a present for someone who wanted a hyper - rosy distillation of what it is to Be English, it could not be bettered. There are no depictions of sink estates, no mention of anything to ruffle the feathers of the average middle - class Daily Mailexpress reader. If you are familiar with the broadcasting tones of Alan T. you can hear him as you read this book. It's very clear who the "Our" of "Our England" is, and it probably doesn't include anyone who has a Burberry cap, Croydon facelift, or who is on first - name terms with staff at the Jobcentre.

For all that, I still enjoyed the book. The familiar pieces can be skipped and there are some unexpected delights - a lovely poem by Fay Inchfawn, the pen name of Elizabeth Rebecca Ward. Mr T. doesn't give her full dates but a quick Google tells me she lived from 1881 - 1978. Another happy discovery. To fully enjoy this book sit down with a cup of Earl Grey, a Mr Kipling's Battenburg and a plate of cucumber sandwiches (or in winter, Marmite toast). Have the Pomp and Circumstance march playing quietly in the background. If that's your idea of heaven, this book is for you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALLOWS YOU TO PATRIOTIC 30 Jan 2010
By Wildman
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This book can be dipped into anywhere, you don't have to go from front to back.
It not only gives you permission to be English and patriotic it revels in it. The memories it revived are wonderful. A really good read recommended for all those people in England who love this country but have been made to feel guilty for that by the politically correct mob who seem to be in charge at the moment.
The poems and tales allow you to remember happier times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars typical alan 25 Sep 2011
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a marvelous book.funny,educational. sort of book you can pick up and put down again whenever you want. a really good read, typical titch.always entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great little book! 14 April 2011
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I am an admirer of Alan Titchmarsh, and enjoy his varied TV appearances, and his books both fiction and non fiction.
England our England is a wonderful collection of advice, poetry, favourite food, gems of information etc, all in a most readable form. I loved it and bought an extra copy for a relative's Birthday
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5.0 out of 5 stars Titchmarsh 6 Mar 2014
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We all know and love Alan Titchmarsh gardening books. A surprising branch out into stories however showed another side of him.

A very entertaining author and I have thoroughly enjoyed his many stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Gardener's view 20 Feb 2014
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A rather disappointing book as I had the impression it was a novel only to find that it is excerpts from other works, poems, songs etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars England, our England 9 Jan 2014
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A very good summary of old english traits that seem long forgotten. good bit of nostalgia. Will read again one day
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Favourite audio book 8 Jan 2014
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This CD is all that I love about England. Filled with nostalgia, fine pieces of music, poems etc creating a feeling of an age gone by with its gentle refinement. Alan Titchmarsh enhances the offerings with his own thoughts and explanations. I first came across the CD in my local library (NZ) and loved it so much I sent it to my cousin in Lancashire (via Amazon) as she also has a fascination with Yorkshire. I need to get my own copy now as its good to listen to at the end of the day, so relaxing.
Well done Mr Titchmarsh for putting together such a fabulous piece of work and for knowing there was a need for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift
My hubby has recently discovered Alan Titchmarsh books and delighted in reading this. The guffaws of laughter could be heard in the street!
Published 17 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Yet another of Alan Tichmarsh books my father likes, he reads this to an elderly lady who lives near him in an extra care flat. he is 93 years old.
Published 18 months ago by Kellynanny
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves England. Alan Titchmarsh shows his affection for England in this book.
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Full of nostalgia of England as it was and all that is now missed.
A read for anyone who remembers better times and would wish for a return to old values.
Published 22 months ago by A. E. Hames
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his England !
I purchased this book for my wife at her request; however I have since learnt that Alan Titchmarsh is not as perceived! Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by Mr. Paul Edwards
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This man continues to delight I have followed his career and used his gardening books as a referance source. Read more
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I had searched the charity shops for England our England by Alan Titchmarsh with no luck. So I turned to Amazon.
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