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Nobbut A Lad

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A Yorkshire Childhood
Paperback, 344 pages
Published 2007 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2006)
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Clive Walker
A wonderfully warm, gentle, honest book. Titchmarsh has a gift for recounting the simple everyday things that defined an era. Memories of a Northern upbringing came flooding back. Brutally honest, he spills his soul generously so that we may easily recognize ourselves and understand that we are not alone.
May 07, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
A charming book, I really enjoyed it. Alan Titchmarsh is the gardener from shows like Ground Force (shown on HGTV) and has been a garden presenter on British TV shows since he was in his late teens. He's a very down to earth guy (no pun intended) and this is one of his memoirs - less of a true autobiography, more stories of being a child in a not so well-off North Yorkshire small town. It explains how he got into gardening - not a likely profession in his home town at that time.

By the way, Nobb
Nov 26, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is the 4th Titchmarsh book I've read, and I wasn't expecting more than a gently, pleasant read. But I was agreeably surprised. Reminiscences of Titchmarsh's childhood years in Ilkley on the Yorkshire moors, these are little stories put together in no particular order and containing nothing particularly extraordinary. No, what I most appreciated in "Nobbut a Lad" was the way he describes the little things around him, painting a realistic but charming picture of the fifties in the UK that con ...more
May 20, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
This 2nd book of memoirs is an interesting read but not as good as his first.
Mar 11, 2008 Janice rated it really liked it
wishing won't make it happen, but it would be oh so lovely to have a childhood like this

reading about growing up with Grandpa Hardisty in the beautiful landscape surrounding Ilkley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, makes it almost real

"Church attendance at matins and evensong on a Sunday brought a kind of calming routine to the end of the week. Though we were always told that Sunday was the first day of the week, it seemed more like a sedate finale."

this is a classic childhoos memoir
Paul Knighton
Aug 06, 2015 Paul Knighton rated it it was amazing
A collection of short recollections of Alan Titchmarsh's childhood, particularly his contented years with family in their Yorkshire home. He writes modestly about his role, his experiences and their influence on his life as an adult.

He writes as an author who is shy, unassuming, honest and clearly reflective. The prose is easy to follow and enriched by many Yorkshire idioms of language, all for the better education of the reader :)
Not an over inspiring story......could relate to some things but it shows that he got hos hoity toityness from his mother....she had ideas above her station.....Titchmarsh reckons hes proud of his yorkshire heritage so why does he hide it behind a "posh accent". Not the best autobiogrsphy by a long chalk.
Apr 01, 2009 Fluffychick rated it really liked it
Enjoyable collection of tales from Titchmarsh's childhood, which was pleasant and made me smile. Reminded me of things people said or did in my own childhood (although I'm not as old as him! honest). genuine affection for the Yorkshire ways and turn of phrase.
Aaron Chynn
Oct 11, 2010 Aaron Chynn rated it it was amazing
I found that I could really identify with Alan as a lad - once I had picked this book up I found myself reading it at every opportunity until I finished it. Really enjoyable.
Apr 09, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing
Anyone born in the North of England will love this book and be able to relate to all of Alan's funny tales of his childhood. I loved it and it took me back!!
May 22, 2013 Gemma rated it liked it
Nice recollections from childhood. A book where it is easy to read short fragments. Not a gripping read, but a warm one.
Jun 02, 2012 Dreamer rated it really liked it
A charming autobiography from a television gardener and talk show host.
Ian Anderson
Jun 03, 2013 Ian Anderson rated it liked it
Harder work than the fiction obviously, but the lad done good!
Rosemary Manthorpe
Sep 18, 2013 Rosemary Manthorpe rated it it was amazing
A brilliant read. Loving Alan Titchmarsh more than ever now.
Jun 09, 2011 Gillian rated it really liked it
A good self-indulgent warm read. I enyoyed it .
Peggy Dyer
Jan 27, 2013 Peggy Dyer rated it it was amazing
A lovely gentle read from a lovely gentle man.
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