Alan Titchmarsh reads his most ambitious novel to date. A multi-generational story of intrigue, rivalry and romance between two families auction houses in Bath.
For three generations the family-run auction houses of the Dashwoods and the Kings have been fierce rivals. The grandparents Henry Dashwood and Edward King were once best friends, despite their different backgrounds.
Best friends until they fell for the same girl Eleanor Faraday eventually picked Henry but the seeds had been sown for a bitter feud that flourished between the two clans for over six decades.
But as both firms prepare to celebrate their half century, two of the grandchildren, Jamie Dashwood and Artemis King, decide it’s time to bury the hatchet and arrange a shared party to which both families are invited. Things don’t go according to plan though and revelations at the party rock the foundations of both families as a web of deceit and intrigue, forgery and fraud are ruinously exposed.
Jamie and Artemis uncover secrets that were better left undisturbed, but their discovery brings them closer together and they find themselves falling in love. Will their love be strong enough to survive the scandal they have unwittingly revealed?
Would you listen to Folly again? Why?
Always nice to listen to Alan reading his own books
What did you like best about this story?
The way it switched from the past to the present; two stories in one
What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His relaxed style and the fondness for his characters. He really sounds as though he likes these people and forgives their foibles
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
yes, but to say what it was would be a spoiler - good thing I had tissues in the car
Any additional comments?
Never been a book of Alan's that I haven't liked. They are always charming.
Set in two time scales, Folly was fairly easy to follow although it did jump about a lot and I would have liked each bit to be developed more before
jumping time frames again, but I think this was due to the abridgement.
Even so, things I liked about Folly; it was a 'page turner', I liked that quality to it. The insights into the art world and art dealing (and even fiddling) were entertaining. It had some humour in it as well. Also the main characters were likeable. And although I thought the final twist let it down, I like a happy ending and this did have one!