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Trowel and Error: Notes from a Life on Earth - Alan Titchmarsh

Hodder & Stoughton, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.

Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “With the engaging charm, warm humour and down-to-earth style that has made him Britain’s favourite television gardener and a popular TV presenter, Alan Titchmarsh has now written ‘a touch of the memoirs’.

Alan has been passionate about gardening for as long as he can remember. An avid fan of Percy Thrower, he announced to friends, aged 10, that one day he would be his successor. He admits now that he doesn’t know how he had the nerve.

Brilliantly evoking the 1950s of his Yorkshire childhood, he takes us back to his playground at the foot of Ilkley Moor, where he fished for minnows with jam jars, spotted birds and discovered his first love — nature. It was also where he lived with his mum, dad, sister Kath and a generous supply of grandparents and aunts. Alan recalls a time of innocence and fun, yet — for his parents — a lot of hard graft and making do.

This is a story of a wide-eyed childhood, of early and embarrassing encounters with girls (who always seemed to be taller than he was), of a struggle to keep his head above water during unhappy school days and the eventual discovery of a talent for making things grow.

With warnings that he would never amount to much, he left school at fifteen to become a gardener, and worked his way through nursery and college to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Having picked up his spade at an early age, he went on to pick up his pen, editing the books of his hero Percy Thrower, and finally getting a chance to put his own words in print, and present his own gardening programmes.

Few gardeners can boast of meeting Nelson Mandela and Bette Davis, Julia Roberts and the Queen. Fewer still can claim to be best-selling novelists. But whether he is writing about a visit to the Palace, or giving Pretty Woman a gardening book, Alan Titchmarsh recounts his tales of ‘a life on earth’ with wry amusement and gentle self-deprecation.

While others kiss and tell, Alan Titchmarsh smiles and passes by, taking notes along the way, and wondering why the heck it happened to him.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 322 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.