Listen free for 30 days

Knave of Spades

Narrated by: Peter Wickham
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

When Alan left school at fifteen little was expected of him. An 'O' level in art is not the most obvious passport to success, 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 where he encountered rare plants collected by Captain Cook and a varied assortment of eccentrics in the world's most famous garden. 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...

From the first faltering steps in radio and television, to a career in broadcasting and writing, Knave of Spades is a wonderfully warm and self-deprecatingly honest memoir. Alan Titchmarsh shows us just why he has become not only our favourite gardener, but a popular writer and broadcaster too.

©2009 Alan Titchmarsh (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Diminishing returns

One of those autobiographies you get in order to find out more about the individual but without knowing if you'll end up liking or enjoying their company. A slow start and tales of an endearing youth eventually gave way to an increasingly hubristic renaissance man. The last few chapters struggled between pride and puff. Nevermind, there's still something of that endearing northern lad in him and doubtless that's much of his appeal. Perhaps self deprecation and tone would have been more obvious if he narrated himself but the performance was excellent and believable in the circumstances