Alan Titchmarsh, gardener, novelist & broadcaster: 'I am a die-hard Wodehouse fan'


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Where are you now and what can you see?

I am in my study which is in the loft of a barn we renovated next door to our Hampshire farmhouse. I have a glazed gable end and my view is over a wildlife pond we made a few years ago. I can see waterlilies and young moorhens dabbling in the water.

What are you currently reading?

Sue Shephard's The Surprising Life of Constance Spry - a biography of the woman who changed the face of flower arranging. It shows just how 'doing the flowers' was at the heart of everything from interior design to royal weddings. She was a bit of a girl, too.

Favourite author?

I am a die-hard Wodehouse fan and always have at least one of his books on the go. The mastery of the English language, the apparently effortless humour and a love of the ridiculous make him unique.

Room where I write

In the loft of the converted barn. On the floor below is a library of goodness knows how many books that I've built up over the years. I love being able to trot down the stairs and look something up.

Fictional character that resembles me

The Mole in Wind in the Willows. A man of the soil, rather shy and sometimes solitary but happy, too, in company - especially on the river in a boat. And once you start him talking it's a job to get him to stop.

Hero heroine from outside literature

W O Bentley, who had the nerve to go it alone in the early part of the 20th century and make the finest motor car the world has ever known.

Alan Titchmarsh's novel, Bring Me Home, is published in paperback by Hodder