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Down the Garden Path (Allways Trilogy) [Hardcover]

Beverley Nichols
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15 Feb 2005 Allways Trilogy
"Down the Garden Path" has stood the test of time as one of the world's best-loved and most-quoted gardening books. Ostensibly an account of the creation of a garden in Huntingdonshire in the 1930s, it is really about the underlying emotions and obsessions for which gardening is just a cover story. The secret of this book's success - and its timelessness - is that it does not seek to impress the reader with a wealth of expert knowledge or advice. Beverley Nichols proudly declares his status as a newcomer to gardening: 'The best gardening books should be written by those who still have to search their brains for the honeysuckle's languid Latin name'. As unforgettable as the plants in the garden is the cast of visitors and neighbors who invariably turn up at inopportune moments. For every angelic Miss Hazlitt there is an insufferable Miss Wilkins waiting in the wings. For every thought-provoking Professor, there is an intrusive Miss M, whose chief offense may be that she is a 'damnably efficient' gardener. From a disaster building a rock garden, to further adventures with greenhouses, woodland gardens, not to mention cats and treacle, Nichols has left us a true gardening classic.

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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Later Edition edition (15 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927108
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This semiautobiographical story, of Nichols' first bumbling efforts at transforming a neglected property into a garden, was an immediate success and still rings true with amateur gardeners today. -- Lori D. Kranz Bloomsbury Review 20050315 You will definitely be reminded of why you garden. No wonder this book has for so many years been one of the world's best-loved and most-quoted gardening books. -- Ethel Fried Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer 20050517 Nichols has a wicked sense of humor. I highly recommend this book as a means of relaxing after a hard day and having a good laugh. -- Bobbie Schwartz Buckeye 20051001

About the Author

Beverley Nichols (1898-1983) was a prolific writer on subjects ranging from religion to politics and travel, in addition to authoring six novels, five detective mysteries, four children's stories, six autobiographies, and six plays. He is perhaps best remembered today for his gardening books. The first of them, Down the Garden Path, centered on his home and garden at Glatton and has been in print almost continuously since 1932. Merry Hall (1951) and its sequels Laughter on the Stairs (1953) and Sunlight on the Lawn (1956) document Nichols's travails in renovating a Georgian mansion and its gardens soon after the war. His final garden was at Sudbrook Cottage, which serves as the setting for Garden Open Today (1963) and Garden Open Tomorrow (1968). The progress of all three gardens was followed avidly by readers of his books and weekly magazine columns.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So sad that the book has to end 25 Jun 2004
I have read all three of Beverley Nichols trilogy of books from his Glatton days. This is the first one and it really brought him the fame and kudos he deserved. It is partly about gardening but don't be put off by this. There is much humour, pathos and solid enjoyment for the general reader. The characterisation is sharp and brilliantly executed in a style that is endearing and enviable. His observations on character and life are spot on. I promise you a very good read. Go on to the next two 'A Thatched Roof' and 'A Village in a Valley' where some of the same adorable and lovingly irritating people appear as well. Such a pity these books have to end.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written,charming,so very english 18 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Nothing much happens in Beverly Nichols book.No sex,no crimes,just the miracle of growth, of life in a cottage garden.A witty,charming book that makes you look at your own garden with different eyes.
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By Sandra
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Excellent book which i am in the throes of reading --Brilliant so far and agree with the comments that I would love this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for my wife 19 Nov 2013
By T M
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
when my wife was young she read a lot but many books got damaged by water some years ago.
We thought they were lost for ever but NO Amazing Amazon has found them all.
Well nearly
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