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Publisher's Summary

Timothy Gandy has kept his lifetime's ambition secret for 40 years. Now, suddenly (if tragically) released from the henpecked tedium of his ordinary existence, he is unexpectedly free to realize his dreams. He will embark on a grand tour of Europe, following in the footsteps of the aristocrats of the 18th century. He anticipates high art, culture and pleasant weather. He never expects to encounter new friendships - and possibly even love - along the way.

It seems that Mr Gandy has embarked on the journey of a lifetime....

©2016 Alan Titchmarsh (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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I Didn't Want it to End

I love this kind of book. It's gentle and philosophical. The characters are so well drawn that they feel like old friends. One of the reviewers on Amazon wrote that it was "A little unbelievable but a pleasant read," but most of the elements could easily have been drawn from my own life, so I think it's perfectly believable. I'd give this an extra half star if I could, as my only tiny reservation was with the epilogue, and the fact that I was enjoying it so much I was sorry it wasn't longer.

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An amazingly human story

I didn’t know Alan Titchmarsh wrote fiction. This was a delightful novel. And I’ve read negative feedback on his narration but I have to disagree I loved listening to the sound of his voice telling his own story. I look forward to hearing more of his books.

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  • 09-18-16

Beautiful language

A simple story of man, beautiful vulnerability in recognisable characters.
Simplistic, without being contrite
Loved it

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  • Rosemary
  • 04-13-19

Captivating

As usual Alan Titchmarsh does not let the listener down with his sensitivity and great insight into human nature and complicated relationships. Loved it. Thank you Alan.

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  • Linda R.
  • 01-30-19

So poingent

I loved this storuly. Have read most of Alan Titchmarsh books. So relaxing to hear his own narration

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  • Mrs G.
  • 07-18-18

Amazing

Due to illness it takes me a time to listen abook but iv never not finished one of Alans books Thanks Alan for giving another part of you. Gaynor H

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  • Mrs. J. E. Hingley
  • 06-14-18

Lovely

Surprised by Alan’s talent. Really enjoyed it. Didn’t realise he was so clever. It wasn’t too soppy either.

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  • tracee
  • 05-26-17

lovely

loved it beautiful story enjoyed it emencley well told looking forward to reading another soon

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  • Elizabeth
  • 01-26-17

A wonderful story

I loved the story right from the start. I wanted to know what was going to happen next all the way through. Lovely

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  • Mrs D.V.Ings
  • 03-11-21

Didn’t want it to end...

If the reader doesn’t want the book to end then surely the writer has succeeded...Tichmarsh has that rare ability to transport the reader into the story...his voice is so soothing ...five stars.

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  • rickie
  • 11-14-16

Easy listening

Predictable, an easy listen on holiday. Alan improves with every book, could be a flash back for some

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  • David
  • 10-26-16

Wonderful, just wonderful

A feel good story about life after loss. Beautifully written and read by the author.

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  • elizabeth
  • 10-03-20

Great ad for gentle fiction

I love Titchmarsh’s books. They have gentleness and heart and are thought-provoking. This one brought back so many memories of travelling slowly in France and Italy. His characters are beautifully drawn and I felt as if I got to know them quickly.
Most of all, I love it that Alan Titchmarsh reads the books himself. His voice is musical, evocative and perfect for his stories. Another wonderful story.