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The Queen's Houses by Alan Titchmarsh

The Queen's Houses

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A pictorial tour of the royal Residences from Buckingham Palace to Balmoral. Alan Titchmarsh not only looks into the history of these palaces, house and castles, we also learn of their place in the life of the current Royal Family. Very well illustrated with maps, specially commissioned photographs and historical documents, and while we learn about the interiors and their history, the author being Alan Titchmarsh, the gardens are given plenty of attention too.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The Queen has five residences: Balmoral, Sandringham, Windsor, Holyrood and, of course, dear old Buckingham Palace, all of them familiar to her subjects, and several of them the backdrop to some of the most significant moments in our history, notably Windsor and Holyrood. But these great palaces are also homes, places where people live, fall in love, get married, and where children are born, and it is this particular mixture of the personal and the public that Alan Titchmarsh explores in this lavishly illustrated new book. He takes the reader on a guided tour of each residence, exploring its architecture, going in detail into its history, from the people who have lived there to the staff who run these vast hives and keep them gleaming on a day-to-day basis. This is an easy and enjoyable way to refresh one’s knowledge of these important places, and the ravishing illustrations add even more sheen to this lustrous subject.
~ Julia Hamilton


The Queen's Houses by Alan Titchmarsh

The Queen's life is dedicated to her public - every move is scrutinised, every word noted. But her homes are havens where peace can be found, away from watchful eyes; sanctuaries of private calm in a whirlwind life of public duty. In The Queen's Houses, Alan Titchmarsh takes us on a tour of the royal residences, examining the personal family stories behind these magnificent buildings. Through personal reflections, interviews with royal staff and meticulous historical research, Alan looks beyond the formal grandeur of Buckingham Palace, the imposing structure of Windsor Castle and the private escape offered by Balmoral and others. Illustrated with intimate family photographs and evocative memorabilia, The Queen's Houses offers a glimpse of life behind the state banquets and sovereign duties - a respectful study of the royal family at home.

About the Author

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh is known to millions through the popular BBC TV programmes British Isles: A Natural History, How to be a Gardener, Ground Force and Gardeners' World. But he started out in far humbler beginnings, in a rural childhood on the edge of Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire.

After a spell at Kew he became a horticultural journalist, as an Editor of gardening magazines, before becoming a freelance broadcaster and writer.

He has twice been named 'Gardening Writer of the Year' and for four successive years was voted 'Television Personality of the Year' by the Garden Writers' Guild. In 2004 he received their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alan has appeared on radio and television both as a gardening expert and as an interviewer and presenter, fronting such programmes as Points of View, Pebble Mill, Songs of Praise, Titchmarsh's Travels and Ask the Family, and since 1983 has presented the BBC's annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show. He now has his own daytime TV show on ITV, The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Alan has written more than forty gardening books, as well as seven best-selling novels, including his 2008 success, Folly, which have all made the Sunday Times Bestsellers List. Alan has published three volumes of memoirs; Trowel and Error sold over 200,000 copies in hardback when published in 2002, and Nobbut A Lad, about his Yorkshire childhood, was published in October 2006 with similar success, and his third volume of memoir Knave of Spades was a Sunday Times bestseller.

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.

Author photo by Mark Harrison © Hachette UK

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9th October 2014


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BBC Books an imprint of Ebury Publishing


256 pages


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