Alan Titchmarsh is best known as a gardener and TV presenter, and for being regularly voted one of the world’s sexiest men, but he is also a writer. He has written many gardening books, and some fiction. I enjoyed his light but rather charming novel Rosie (2004).
But my favourite of his productions is a CD, England, Our England. It’s a fabulous celebration of English traditions, landscape and weather, through the words of various writers. There are excerpts from Jane Austen, Wordsworth, Blake, Churchill, Alan Bennett, Kenneth Grahame, Laurie Lee, Shakespeare, and others. It is also available as a book, but the joy is in the fabulous readings (done by Titchmarsh, Judy Bennett and Charles Collingwood). Such a treat!
Do you have a favourite spoken word CD? Are there other books or CDs that strongly evoke England for you? Share your comments below.
Unfortunately this CD is out of production, however you may be able to borrow it from your local library, or purchase the online audio book format from Audiobooks.com or Audible.com. It is available in paperback or hardback.
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