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Down the Garden Path Paperback – 15 May 1986


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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd; New edition edition (15 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851490078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851490073
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,413,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reading Beverly Nichols is like gliding along a smooth road through gentle, rolling scenery with a witty, articulate companion by your side."--Catriona Tudor Erler "Smith Mountain Laker Magazine "

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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.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "nealich" on 25 Jun 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 18 Oct 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
As I now live in a third floor flat with not so much as a window box, and as I was never a gardener (though I love flowers and did own a small garden in Huntingdonshire for twenty-three years), this famous gardening memoir is not the usual kind of book I read. But I came across a pristine Folio Society copy of it recently for £5.00 in a secondhand bookshop in Brighton, complete with its green slipcase and decorations by Rex Whistler, and I thought it 'might do' as Nichols might say. And I was right; indeed, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's very much of its period, the 1930s, when you could live cheaply in cottages in the country that would cost a fortune today, when one's neighbours were colourful natives with country accents and earthy wisdom (or foolishness), when one had maids, chars and gardeners, when one could live the life of the gentlemanly bachelor and invite down a host of uppercrust - or raffish or dubious or retiring - guests down from London for a jolly weekend. It's written lightly, elegantly, poetically, but takes pains not to seem serious; it's written with the kind of wit you find in E F Benson's 'Mapp and Lucia' series; it appears confidential in its style yet draws a polite veil over personal elements; and its written with an inimitable sense of Englishness, a real period piece. Despite it's age, it is not fusty, it's as fresh as the day it was published (although one has to disregard a lot of un-pc stuff about women). Gardeners are sure to love it, but its appeal is not limited to them. It's a good-natured, happy book, relaxed and relaxing; beneath its comedy - and there were passage that made me laugh - is a celebration of beauty, of the wonders of the cultivated garden, of the miracles to be found in blooms, all wrapped up in a delicious, self-deprecating style. They don't write books like this any more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on 21 Nov 2012
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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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By T M on 19 Nov 2013
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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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