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Mr. Gandy's Grand Tour

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  593 ratings  ·  82 reviews
When Timothy Gandy’s wife dies suddenly, he finds himself at a bit of a loose end, unexpectedly freed from the constraints that have held him back over 40 years of marriage and employment in a job he finds profoundly tedious. To the horror of his offspring, who see their inheritance being frittered away, he decides to embark on a lifetime’s ambition; one which he has long ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Diane S ☔
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
In his fifties, Timothy Gandy, suddenly finds himself out of a job. After forty years of a marriage that had become less than satisfying, he suddenly finds himself a widower. He decides to have an adventure, and to travel, something his wife had not liked to do, and spend some of his money on a Grand Tour of Italy. The father of three grown children, closest to his youngest daughter, he is little surprised when his son and grasping wife object to his spending, what they see as their inheritance, ...more
Diane Barnes
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, many thanks to Diane S., whose excellent review led me to this book. It would never have come to my attention otherwise. Also, thanks to Amazon for pricing this ebook at $1.99, another enticement for taking a chance on it. I expected this story to be good, but what I got was wonderful. Just what I needed for a busy, fractured month with time at a premium.

Mr. Gandy loses his job at 55 due to downsizing. A short time later his wife suddenly dies. He has 3 adult children, only one of
Dale Harcombe
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Timothy Gandy has sublimated his own ambitions for many years. After he is retrenched and his wife dies unexpectedly, Timothy decides this is the time to finally do what he has always dreamed of. To the consternation of some members of his adult offspring, Timothy, embarks on a Grand Tour of Europe. Following in the footsteps of the eighteenth century aristocracy, he sets out. He anticipates enjoying art and culture in France and Italy. However Timothy, in his mid-fifties, encounters far more th ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book free from a Goodreads giveaway.

This book was a gentle, pleasant read. Whilst it is set in the modern day, it has an old-fashioned feel about it and requires a suspension of disbelief throughout.

It is a feelgood book which made me wish that I could just pack up and travel to the Europe described where everyone you meet is lovely and helpful. Sadly, I feel the reality would not match Mr Gandy's experiences.
Laura Moore
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was not exactly the most literary book I have ever read but I don't care - I thoroughly enjoyed it! Alan Titchmarsh has the perfect knack of getting inside a character's head and can actually produce some quite profound insights into human emotions and experiences. I also enjoyed the 'travel guide' aspects of this book, especially the descriptions of the food and drink. Extremely entertaining and uplifting without being too sentimental.
Mandy Radley
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always an enjoyable read.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a charming story! Some of my most cherished memories are those I have made while traveling. But it is not necessarily the newfound vistas that create the most memorable experiences.... the ones that sink deeply into me are more often created by the people I meet, the music I heard , or food that I savored .

Those are the things that the author invite us to share with Mr. Gandy as we travel along with him as he indulges his dream of a grand tour. And what a tour it is! Stories will be gained
Gallivanting around Europe.
This was a book club read that I started with reservations. Although I had previously read and enjoyed three of Alan Titchmarsh's novels, I was worried that this was going to be more of a rehash of David Nicholl's 'Us'. However, while both centred around a guy touring Europe, they we actually quite different and I have to say I enjoyed this. Only the end, as sort of epilogue to the tour, grated with me and I felt the story would have been stronger without it.

Timothy Ga
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars. Quite pleasant and very undemanding; that just about sums it up for me.

I imagine Mr Gandy is at least partly based on Mr Titchmarsh himself, because he has always seemed to be Mr Nice Guy to me. It is the story of a kind, ordinary and somewhat naive man trying to find himself after becoming suddenly widowed, by going on a Grand Tour in the style of early 20th century British tourists.

This novel is certainly not one of Alan Titchmarsh's best, nor something to rave about, but he narrat
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book that caught my eye on a recent library visit. It looked like good summer reading, so I thought I'd give it a try. And it was just that, good summer reading. Not too complex, well written, with enough questions to be answered that it kept me reading at a steady pace, but not so suspenseful I couldn't put it down. Very well drawn characters that I came to care about over the course of the novel. Enjoyable.
Mike Sumner
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another heartwarming story from Alan Titchmarsh. Timothy Gandy has had a successful career, has three grown up children and a marriage that has become somewhat moribund; he and his wife tolerate each other and Gandy has resigned himself to a life without much to look forward to. That is until he is suddenly (if tragically) released from his hen-pecked existence. He will embark on something many of us might have considered at some time - a Grand Tour of Europe - much to the dismay of his children ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very easy reading and refreshing to read a book from a man's perspective as he enters a new phase of life.
Leonie Byrne
I've always had a (not so) secret love for Alan Titchmarsh's novel ever since I read Only Dad many years ago. Mr Gandy's Grand Tour is such a lovely little read and very refreshing after the two tomes I've read recently!

Mr Gandy is suddenly (if tragically) released from his unhappy marriage around the same time as he is forced into early retirement. Inspired by a book he finds about 18th century young gentleman going on the Grand Tour (modern day gap year), he decides to embark on a tour of Eur
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A poignant and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not much to say about this one.
Ann Grebner
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet little story! Makes me want to hop on the next plane to Paris! Some day...
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute and undemanding. A pleasant beach read.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this book. Mr Gandy, having been made redundant in his 50s and after suddenly losing his wife, decides to travel. He takes on a grand tour of Europe and thus meets some interesting people who sometimes have a direct influence on his life.
Maya Panika
I like most people really know Alan Titchmarsh as a celebrity gardener. I do know he has a second, very successful career as a well-regarded romance novelist. I’ve never read any of his novels, romance is not my genre, but this book arrived on my review list and I was curious and thought this story of a widower who decides to make a Grand Tour of Europe after the death of his unadventurous, stay-at-home wife, might be interesting and a little different from my usual reading - which it was, but n ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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A tad P.G. Wodehouse, light comic fiction, peppered with eloquent phrases that are thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting. The story of Timothy aka Timmy and his hapless yet enduring marriage to the loquacious Isobel - the reader is taken on a journey through parenthood, flat packed wardrobes, loss, and ultimately a semblance of the 18th century Grand Tour.

I read the whole thing hearing Alan Titchmarsh’s voice and seeing his cheeky smile, which only added to the comedy moments and social insights. I
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway

Although not a literary masterpiece, this is an easy and entertaining read and is similar in terms of writing style to his other novels. Had Mr. Titchmarsh not already made his way in the world though his gardening prowess, he could easily have made a decent living out of writing. However, had he not already been famous, would his books have sold as well. I fancy not.

Anyway, if you like your novels to not be too demanding, you'll enjoy t
Joanne Smith
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Alan Titchmarsh read and I did so on e-audio (which he narrated himself).
I really enjoyed it. A steady paced, lazy holiday read (or listen)
The story of a 50 something British widower touring Europe in the style of the Grand Tours of old.
It focuses on the scenery and the small interactions which can sometimes unexpectedly make big impacts on life.
Cynthia Alder

A brilliant descriptive novel. Transported me to places I have been and some I have not. The Monte Carlo section reminds me of Cary Grants "An affair to Remember" when he visits his Grandmother with Deb Kerr. Enjoyed the encounters with various colourful characters and the discovery and late insight of relationships with his family but not the best of plots
Jane Gregg
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a lovely book - a perfect Christmas holiday read.
Michael Tweed
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a joy to read one of Alans books, comforting and interesting like the man.
Janette Elsworth
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an enjoyable easy read. Likable characters and not too in-depth history, just enough.
Elizabeth Blows
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for the summer
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, not only have I finally moved out of my reading “rut” and found a book worthy of more than an average rating, I have actually read a novel by Alan Titchmarsh. On both accounts, it’s rather surprising! I would never have gone out of my way to read a book by Alan Titchmarsh, so when this landed on my reading pile, I was sceptical. However, this is such a lovely narrative that you can’t help but enjoy this over either a glass of wine in the summer sun, or a cup of tea and a large sl ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
"Sometimes you can plan things too much. You spend all your time focusing on something, assuming that things will pan out in a certain way, and then life reminds you of its fragility. One thing changes and all those plans come tumbling around your ears."

A pleasant and undemanding book that was a little different to expected. Without giving anything away about the plot, the ending was not what I would have expected from my initial impressions of this book and after a short reflection I quite l
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio
Not read a Titchmarsh book for a while and I'm not sure why as they are easy to read and usually leave you feeling good afterwards.
This one is all about a widower, who decides to go on a grand tour of Europe - something he has always wanted to do but couldn't as he had the usual ties of work and marriage (his wife didn't like travelling). At each place he meets someone who will impact on his life ... and at the same time discovers more about the family he has left at home.
A lovely refreshing re
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