Britain’s favourite gardener, radio and TV presenter, Alan Titchmarsh, discusses life, television, music, gardening... and his latest novel, The Scarlet Nightingale, a sweeping story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, set in wartime London and Paris.
Set in the late 1930s, socialite Rosamund Hanbury is determined to give up the parties and social sets of which she is a prominent member to join the war effort, along with scores of other young women. After a stint at Bletchley Park and as one of the Air Transport Auxiliary’s ‘Atagirls’, Rosamund is recruited by the Special Operations Executive under the code name ‘The Scarlet Nightingale’, and eventually moved in secret to France. As the peril of her top-secret operations mount, Rosamund is drawn into the very heart of the war, where her love and her loyalty are put to a test more devastating than she could ever imagine.
Alan Titchmarsh is known to millions through his career as a television presenter of shows including Ground Force, Gardeners’ World, Love Your Garden, the Chelsea Flower Show and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. He has written more than forty gardening books, as well as eight best-selling novels and three volumes of memoirs. He was made MBE in the millennium New Year Honours list and holds the Victoria Medal of Honour, the Royal Horticultural Society’s highest award. He lives with his wife and a menagerie of animals in Hampshire where he gardens organically.