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I like Alan Titchmarsh. He strikes me very much as a "what you see is what you get" type of man, and I think this book confirms my theory.
The book is a childhood memoir in which he talks about his family, his school life, his friends, his beloved Yorkshire and his early inclination towards horticulture.
His recollections of people and events are not all idyllic and rose-tinted and I dare say some of his descriptions of people are rather more honest than they would have liked. But that said, he doesn't sensationalise and there is never any malice in his writing.
For example he talks of his mother with extreme fondness but also concedes that she was a terrible flirt.
There are some very amusing stories, but there is also sadness.
One particular event, which involved a teacher affected him very deeply, and helped to reinforce the self doubt that he still suffers from today.
I hope I haven't given you the wrong idea about this book. It is by no means a misery memoir. Instead it is funny, gentle and sometimes a little poignant.
In this warm, wonderfully evocative and often hilarious memoir one of the best-loved men in Britain, Alan Titchmarsh, brilliantly recalls his childhood in 1950s Yorkshire. Alan Titchmarsh grew up, and developed his passion for nature in the wild and beautiful landscape of Yorkshire. A real treat for his millions of fans, the ever-popular presenter vividly depicts a childhood of simple pleasures like climbing trees and fishing in streams, in a time of post-war austerity. It was not a deprived childhood, yet neither was the garden eternally rosy and Alan's colourful portrait of a bygone era brings poignant moments and others that leave you aching with laughter. Alan's sharp eye for detail brings to life various family members and their memorable quirks, as well as local characters, childhood haunts and significant events that have shaped his life. Filled with Alan's inimitable down-to-earth humour and heart-warming tales, this memoir is guaranteed to be every bit as well-loved as Trowel and Error, which has now sold over 400,000 copies, and become a classic of childhood memoir.