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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (16 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844560856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844560851
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,375 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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'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)

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Memoir of a Yorkshire childhood from the nation's best-loved gardener - James Herriot meets Laurie Lee

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By G Brown on 24 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'd only ever read a couple of Titchmarsh books about gardening and perhaps had him a little bit stereotyped, so I was wary of reading his autobiography. I am so glad I did. The book is a delightfully nostalgic collection of themed recollections starting from when he was just over one year old (he admits some memories may in actual fact be unconsciously constructed from later experiences). He describes life as a child in Ilkley in the 1940s and 50s, evoking many similar memories of my own of that time (though mine originate further north). Particularly poignant is his tale of a 5-hour journey in a steam train to London looking expectantly out of the window in the hope of seeing the famous 'Mallard', the fastest engine of the time (like many boys he was mad about trains). On arrival at London, disappointed not to have seen it he is walking down the platform with his parents only to find his train was actually being pulled by the Mallard. Titchmarsh is very popular for being honest and clean-living. Here we see the roots of the man and gain an insight to the influences that shaped him, including his Mum's 'standards'. His tales of relatives and neighbours are evocative and funny (didn't we all have some like them??), as is his description of Ilkley and the surrounding moors and villages. A great read for those of a certain age whether from Yorkshire or anywhere else.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 13 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Alan Titchmarsh is one of those few people that touch others without even knowing it.

This book is extremely well written and being able to listen to Alan reading it, is a true bonus!

His gentle, Yorkshire dialect is soothing and takes me home whenever I listen to him.

The book is both humorous and in parts sad. The relationship between his parents is rare these days, but certainly wasn't back then.

Alan clearly had a wonderful childhood which shaped the boy that became the man.

He is as good a writer as he is gardener and we are lucky to have him.
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Because of reading reviews before buying this book, I knew it would be a gentle read and found it very interesting. It was fascinating reading about growing up in the fifties for me as, although eight years older and the other gender, I could relate to much of Alan's life and it brought back memories. In spite of growing up in the South, not Yorkshire as Alan did, our lives had lots of similarities and it has made me want to visit Ilkley to see how much is left of the town featured in his childhood. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone seeking dose of nostalgia!
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By Dodster TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
It was never going to be great literature and I doubt it would have been published had it not have Mr. Titchmarsh's name to it. For all that, it's a good read.
Alan has a easy, very readable style of writing and takes us back to the characters and haunts that shaped his childhood in the Yorkshire dales. Funny, sentimental, nostalgic. Sometimes even haunting, but not all at once! At the end of it, I was left with the impression of a normal, happy childhood and this Titchmarsh fella is a really nice bloke. Which I'm sure he is!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Watson on 6 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Nobbut a lad, a typical Alan Titchmarsh book, lively and funny spoilt only by the that I had previously read Trowel and Error which in the early chapters included the same events almost word for word.

Perhaps if this book had been written before Trowel and Error it may not have mattered, however the book has all of the endearing qualities of the writter we know and love as much for his personality as his abilities in so many other areas, a man who has a great zest for life, and ehjoyment of everyday he lives.
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So reminiscent of my own growing up. I laughed at Alan's memories of play, struggles at school and the love and discipline of home life. Hard working loving parents, who allowed him to follow his own inclinations, and went further made sure he had the real training he needed to succeed. The closing sentence sums the whole story up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Jenkin on 1 Jan. 2010
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I enjoyed Trowel and Error, but Nobbut a Lad takes you deeper into Alans childhood. Honestly and well written. Alan Titchmarsh is a man of mant talents and his books makes excellent reading.Trowel and Error
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i love Alan Titchmarsh and his books are so entertaining, just as he is in real life on his tv shows. a story i can relate to coming from Yorkshire too. good buy for anyone interested in autobiographies although this is really only loosely based on his life.
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