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Knave of Spades: Growing Pains of a Gardener

Alan Titchmarsh

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Biography: general, Autobiography: general, Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction

Warm, funny memoir from bestseller Alan Titchmarsh who takes us through his life as a gardener's apprentice to a TV presenter.

From gardener s apprentice to favourite TV presenter how did it all begin?

When Alan left school at fifteen little was expected of him. But in the ancient greenhouses of the local nursery Mrs T s little lad found his spiritual home, learning his trade and the strange ways of human nature.

But the comfort and familiarity of his home in the Yorkshire Dales would soon be left behind as he journeyed south to college and then to Kew Gardens. Spells as a teacher and editor followed, until fate took a hand when he landed a job on BBC s Nationwide as their gardening presenter. His childhood dream of inheriting the mantle of gardening god Percy Thrower was beginning to come true...

In KNAVE OF SPADES Alan Titchmarsh shows us just why he has become not only a favourite gardener, but a popular writer and broadcaster too.

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Praise for Knave of Spades: Growing Pains of a Gardener

  • Alan Titchmarsh talks about his career with warmth, humour and an enthusiasm that never wanes - Woman's Weekly

  • This book is a sheer delight and the humour and wry, self-effacing descriptive energy makes it a total page turner. - The Sun

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Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh is known to millions through the popular BBC TV programmes British Isles: A Natural History, How to be a Gardener, Ground Force and Gardeners' World. He has written more than forty gardening books, three volumes of memoirs and eleven novels, including his 2008 success, Folly.


He was made MBE in the millennium New Year Honours list and holds the Victoria Medal of Honour, the Royal Horticultural Society's highest award. He lives with his wife and a menagerie of animals in Hampshire where he gardens organically.

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