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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340936908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340936900
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,244 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 FOLLY: 'Art, antiques and romance are the ingredients: Titchmarsh boils the pot to a fine froth.' (SAGA Magazine)

A perfect love story. (Katie Fforde)

The story brims with intrigue (Daily Express)

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The author of seven top ten bestselling romantic novels, Alan Titchmarsh's The Haunting moves between the early 19th century and present day with a story of love, betrayal, intrigue and murder that shows the past is closer than we think.

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I see the name Alan Titchmarsh, I automatically think of tv gardening programmes and a slightly corny character, the "housewives' favourite". Little did I know that he storytelling talents, had hidden storytelling talents, under the compost heap perhaps?

The Haunting is Alan's eighth novel, a dual time-frame story - one of my favourite genres, when done well... In 2010, forty-something History teacher, Harry Flint is recovering from the demise of a short-lived marriage and wondering what life has in store for him. He feels a strong connection with the past with a keen interest in researching his family tree. What he doesn't know is that events in 1816, concering his ancestor, Anne Flint, are about to have a major impact on his present situation.

"He might keep droning on about the past informing the present, but did he really believe that after all these years of repeating like some religious litany? Well, yes. He did. Let go of that and where are you? The whole world would crumble."

The two storylines are expertly woven together and it all makes for a very enjoyable, satisfying read. Admittedly, the characters aren't overly complex and Harry veers into Mr Chips territory every now and then but you become so immersed in both stories that it really doesn't matter - sometimes simplicity does the trick!

The natural world really comes to life in the author's descriptions, not surprising I guess for an expert on horticulture but he has a special touch when it comes to describing the sights and sounds of nature.

Overall, a light engaging read which has the added bonus of being suitable for overly sensitive readers - any extreme passion is left to the reader's imagination...the answer to my gifts for elderly relatives dilemna.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gella on 5 Sep 2012
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This is the first novel I have read written by Alan Titchmarsh and I enjoyed it very much! The title could be a little misleading in that is is not a 'horror' novel in the true sense of the word but a two layered story of intertwining chapters relating to events in the year 1816 and 2010. It is a story of betrayal, intrigue and above all love and it shows us that people are not always what they seem. Alan Titchmarsh's ability to interweve these two related stories that become one over a period of 200 years is delightful and makes for pleasurable, gentle reading.

A lovely, gentle book that would make a great holiday read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By teachersue on 10 Oct 2012
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I bought this book because reviews mentioned genealogy. I'm a great fan of family history research, plus I've enjoyed Alan Titchmarsh's previous books.

I wasn't disappointed - it's a great story - one of those that makes you want to read on beyond the end the book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ALISA on 13 Jan 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
My Dad read this one first after buying it for my Mum who not into reading anymore after her stroke, he loved it which surprised me as he is more of a Andy Macnab fan, I got it for my kindle and must say sorry to my family who went without their mum/wife and had late dinners and on one occasion burnt! for 3 days as I couldn't put it down, such a great story, very impressed with Alan's writing and details. I am now a Alan fan and have downloaded Folly..............so sorry guys it's back to late dinners again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Elsey on 5 May 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so surprised when I first saw that Alan was writing novels as well as gardening books but how delighted I have been with "Haunting" it is the first book of his that I have read and what a great read, I love the way the historical and the modern come together,well done. I shall definately be putting more on my wish list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lakota on 5 Oct 2012
Format: Paperback
well done alan,what a good read,could'nt put the book down
needed to get to the next page to find out more,could have put a bit more haunting in,
otherwise very good
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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Rosie Drum on 21 Sep 2011
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What a corker of a book. Alan Titchmarsh's previous novel "Folly" showed how well he can weave related stories from two different times.

The Haunting continues this ethos to excellent effect. The way the stories are intertwined is impressive to say the least. He even couches the text in different styles according to which century he is writing about.

I am sad to say I have finished the book - in record time I hasten to add. This is due to the fact I could not put it down and develped into a true page turner. That is the best way to describe this book. Please take my advice, buy it and surrender yourself to story bliss.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Cat on 26 Sep 2012
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I thought this book was by far and away Alan's best book. I was gripped from beginning to end and the characters and description made for a real page turner.
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