Alan Titchmarsh returns

Alan Titchmarsh returns to the Chichester Festivities on Tuesday, November 22 at 8pm to talk about his latest novel, The Haunting.

And we’ve got four copies to give away.

Simply email [email protected] giving your name, address and day-time phone number and putting Alan Titchmarsh in the subject line. Or write to Alan Titchmarsh competition, c/o Phil Hewitt, Chichester Observer, Unicorn House, Eastgate Square, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1JN. Entries to be received by midnight on November 22. Only the winners will be contacted. All entries will then be destroyed.

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One of the most popular faces on television, Alan has written more than forty gardening books. He has also written seven bestselling novels.

The latest is The Haunting - and it’s to this that he will turn his attention for his Festivities talk at The Venue.

The book moves between the early 19th century and present day with a story of love, betrayal, intrigue and murder.

Harry Flint is a teacher who has become disenchanted with his work. Add to this a failed

marriage and you have a young man desperate for a new beginning.

He resigns from his teaching position, dreaming of a new home and pleasurable hours ahead

researching his family roots. He buys a ramshackle cottage whose tangled garden borders a

lovely stretch of river, and is next door to the old mill house.

There is nothing that doesn’t need repairing, cutting back, planting, hanging, replacing ... and

whilst his friends think he has lost his wits, a new neighbour, and her daughter, enter his life.

A trunk-full of papers and diaries feed his imagination in between the hard restoration work,

and he slowly comes to realise there is more to the past in this place - a house that almost

begged him to buy it - than he had ever thought…

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