Alan Titchmarsh, the English gardener, journalist, broadcaster and novelist, answered some questions for The Book Base about his reading habits and favourite books.
What were your favourite books as a child?
Beatrix Potter – The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck. I found Squirrel Nutkin a bit scary!
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
Who are your favourite authors?
P.G. Wodehouse, Kenneth Grahame, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, but I also enjoy biographies and books on art and architecture.
When and where do you do most of your reading?
In bed, before I go to sleep, and on holiday.
Approximately how many books do you read in a year?
Which book has influenced you the most?
I suppose The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame because of its countryside and riverbank theme. I identify hugely with Mole!
What are you reading at the moment?
Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of a Great English Dynasty by Catherine Bailey. It’s about the Fitzwilliam family of Yorkshire whose future was founded on coal – ‘black diamonds’.
As a published author (of both fiction and non-fiction), what advice would you give to a budding writer?
- Write every day.
- Let your imagination take over.
- Be aware of pace and rhythm.
- Keep on trying.
- Only write what you would like to read.
- Don’t try to show off or emulate anyone else.
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