I write about ro­mance, not sor­did sex. I don’t go in for the nam­ing of parts

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As his 70th book is pub­lished, Alan Titch­marsh talks to about ‘dan­ger­ous’ so­cial me­dia and how mak­ing a dif­fer­ence starts on your own doorstep in­tro­spec­tive. It’s in­ward-look­ing, al­ways leaves the nitty-gritty of sex Home And Gar­den episodes due in it’s all about ‘me’, it’s all about other to the reader’s imag­i­na­tion, and win­ter, and next year he’ll be peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of you. The wouldn’t con­tem­plate gra­tu­itously pre­sent­ing an­other series of ITV’s self-aware­ness that it fos­ters is too vi­o­lent scenes. Love Your Gar­den and more dan­ger­ous and in­tro­spec­tive. It “I write about ro­mance, not Se­crets Of The Na­tional Trust on leads to ter­ri­ble things like de­pres­sion sor­did sex. I don’t go in for the Chan­nel 5. An­other novel will and peo­ple who feel like nam­ing of parts. I find cru­elty hard fol­low in 2020. they’re not fit­ting in.” to por­tray. I’ve writ­ten about He’s had the sum­mer off,

The ex-Gar­den­ers’ World be­reave­ment and loss of spouses, spend­ing time at his home in pre­sen­ter goes on to ex­plain how but couldn’t and wouldn’t do loss Hamp­shire and his bolt­hole on the his fic­tional char­ac­ters’ tra­di­tional or harm to chil­dren. I write for Isle of Wight – but with a wealth of at­ti­tudes of cour­tesy, sen­si­bil­ity and plea­sure. I don’t want to spend projects on the go, retirement judg­ment re­flect his own. my days writ­ing about sor­did doesn’t seem to be on the cards.

“A lot of those at­ti­tudes are mine,” re­la­tion­ships.” Part of the lat­est novel fea­tures he ad­mits, be­fore re­lay­ing a story of He also wor­ries about the ef­fect di­ary en­tries from the fic­tional his dis­may on a re­cent visit to King’s on so­ci­ety of what he sees as an fe­male pro­tag­o­nist. How did Alan Col­lege Chapel in Cam­bridge, ever-in­creas­ing del­uge of on­line ap­proach writ­ing from a woman’s when he saw a group of Amer­i­can sen­sa­tional news. point of view? stu­dents wear­ing base­ball caps “Ev­ery night, that is fed to you – “Well, I’ve been mar­ried for 43 in­side the cathe­dral. all doom and gloom and mis­ery – years (to Alison, a doc­tor) and I’ve

“That re­ally up­set me. Then, I was and you for­get to live, if you’re not two daugh­ters who are grown up so at an event where the na­tional care­ful.” I’ve lived with women a lot. an­them was played and there were No won­der he loves the great “I know we’re from dif­fer­ent men with hats on dur­ing the out­doors so much. plan­ets, which I’m fre­quently na­tional an­them. “I think, with­out be­ing funny, told, but I like to think that I’m

“I was telling this to some­body of that gar­den­ing has kept me sym­pa­thetic to peo­ple and in that my age – and they laughed at me for grounded. It’s real. The gar­den is an re­spect, there are char­ac­ter­is­tics wor­ry­ing about some­thing so es­cape to re­al­ity. that over­lap. in­con­se­quen­tial. But I see it as the “Keep­ing a sense of per­spec­tive “I’m over­sen­si­tive about thin end of lack of con­sid­er­a­tion for and pro­por­tion to­day, what with ev­ery­thing. I no­tice too much, I other peo­ple’s feel­ings. news and so­cial me­dia, is fiendishly think too much but it cuts both

“The at­ti­tude is, it doesn’t re­ally dif­fi­cult be­cause you can so ways. It makes you vul­ner­a­ble to mat­ter, does it? Well it does to me. eas­ily be­come crit­i­cism.

“It leads to larger things not over­whelmed by “You feel things more mat­ter­ing.” Check­ing him­self, he tragedy. rawly but it also gives you smiles and adds: “Now, I’m start­ing “You end up an abil­ity to cre­ate an to sound like my grand­fa­ther!” feel­ing that you’re at­mos­phere,” Alan

Alan’s old-school at­ti­tude of use­less if you can’t con­tin­ues. hav­ing re­spect for other peo­ple’s make a dif­fer­ence. “All my heroes, and now sen­si­bil­i­ties, cou­pled with good “I con­cen­trate on my hero­ine, have a hell of a man­ners, might not en­dear him to the bit out­side your lot of me in them.” all gen­er­a­tions, but there’s a back door, where sin­cer­ity there that is ev­i­dent in his you can make a writ­ing. dif­fer­ence.”

His nov­els are nos­tal­gic, gen­tle, There are three chival­rous. He doesn’t swear, more Love Your

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