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Nobbut a Lad: A Yorkshire Childhood - Alan Titchmarsh

Hodder & Stoughton, 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Growing up in the beautiful landscape that surrounds Ilkley in Wharfedale inspired Alan’s early passion for nature. It was his Grandpa Hardisty who — with his allotment — encouraged Alan’s first gardening skills. And it was The Princess Book of Ballet which proved the unlikely — and as it happened ill-advised — source of Alan’s burgeoning performing talent. There was a lot of growing up to do.

In a time of post-war austerity, hard work and ‘making do’ was not just the lot of the grown-ups, but for young Alan it was also the simplest pleasures that were the best — whether it was climbing trees, fishing in streams, or riding wooden carts fitted with old pram wheels. His was not a deprived childhood, yet neither was the garden eternally rosy. But then — as Alan’s Grandpa was wont to say -’never let it be said that your mother bred a gibber!

With the sharpest eye for detail and vivid recall, he brings to life the various family members, school friends — and foes — teachers and local characters who formed the background and became the powerful early influences of Alan’s life.

A joy from beginning to end, this is a classic childhood memoir.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VII] 277 pages.
£6.50

This one has already found a new owner.