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We’re getting all the big names in Abingdon now. Next to visit is the gardening everyman megastar Alan Titchmarsh.

The event promoted by Mostly Books is on Friday September 25th. The venue is being finalised, but tickets are on sale at £6 from the bookshop (01235 525880).

Alan has a book to promote (naturally!). I was pleased to see it’s the next volume of his memoirs (rather than his fiction). Knave of Spades recounts how he got into TV, as news magazine programme Nationwide’s gardening presenter – the rest as they say is history.

I got into gardening while he did his stint as the main presenter on BBC’s Gardener’s World and learned a lot from his unfussy style, which was made smooth by having cut his TV teeth on other programmes including the lunchtime magazine come chat-show Pebble Mill at One.

He may be relentlessly cheerful, and he admits he has a complete lack of a dark side, but I’m sure we will be in for a lovely evening in his company. I volunteered to help again (anything for a free ticket!), so I might see some of you there – do let me know if you’re coming…

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