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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (12 Aug. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0857350412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857350411
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 18.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,928,369 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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Praise for NOBBUT A LAD: 'A gentle exercise in nostalgia.' (Financial Times)

Filled with beautifully textured, wonderfully astute observations on the characters that peopled his childhood in the Fifties... very much an anti-misery memoir. (Daily Express)

Britain's favourite TV presenter recalls his happy childhood in '50s Yorkshire. With a great eye for detail, he paints an affectionate portrait of a bygone era. (Woman & Home) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this warm, funny memoir Alan Titchmarsh takes us from gardener's apprentice to favourite TV presenter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2010
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I have read Alan Titchmarh's previous autobiographical offerings, Trowel and Error(which I have reviewed) and Nobbut a Lad: A Yorkshire Childhood (which I have not for some reason!). Knave of Spades continues, the story; the current one, past adventures and misdemeanours (of which there are few) and childhood experiences of gardening.

Gardening is the major theme of this book, even though like a good Yorkshire man he goes off the point, for example the Last Night of the Proms and balancing on 2 chairs - you will have to read it to find out about the reference. Everything comes back to gardening.

It is a delightful tale of where it all began for one of our most famous television gardeners. Stories of his childhood and what was obviously a struggle to convince his parents that gardening was a `trade' and it would go somewhere. His move into the local Ilkely council department which dealt with the gardening side of the town - decorating the town hall to name one. Alan recounts the characters he met while working there, as well as referring to his personal life as well, as his development with girls was not blossoming as well as the flowers under his care.

From this Alan moves us through the rest of his gardening/horticulture career, college and interestingly Kew Gardens, all stories smattered with tales of characters but practical information about gardening and a lot about plants, and their Latin names. Not being a gardener of any sorts, not even a window box, this bit I found dull, but that is only because of my lack of knowledge on the subject.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mazda on 30 Oct. 2009
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As always Alan Titchmarsh makes reading a book a wonderful delight. As you read you can hear Alan saying the words to you. He has such a lovely way of expressing things that you can relate to each and every thing he writes about. As yet I have not found any of his books to dislike. They are all great and Knave of Spades is yet another great book by him.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Foote on 4 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Naturally written and very interestingly expressed, especially when you are of a similar age and also fond of gardening. A sincerely written book by a down to earth author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Sorrell on 3 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A lovely book, just the thing to relax with over the festive season, a witty and gentle piece of prose.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daybrook on 13 July 2010
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I read and enjoyed greatly AP's earlier work "nobbut a Lad". This latest of how his career has developed after leaving school is fascinating and pleasurable in the extreme. There are many funny parts and it is a book very hard to put down. Recommended wholeheartedly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. I. Millson on 11 Jan. 2010
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Once again Alan has produced another great book, I have all his others and although the 3rd in his autobiography, still a joy to read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Stringer on 10 Jan. 2010
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bought for my mum for Cmas cos she watches his show - she loved it and read it every day - lots of interesting facts about his early life too - going to borrow it
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jean Gale on 12 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Knave of Spades is up to the usual high standard of writing by Alan Titchmarsh. A very interesting and entertaining book about his life. Can't wait for him to write another book.
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