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Down the Garden Path [Hardcover]

Beverley Nichols , Rex Whistler
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Book Description

Jun 1997
The story of the restoration of a neglected cottage garden to the idyllic state of the author's memory. Nichols undertakes the long process of restoring and designing the garden at "Allways", Huntingdonshire as a self-confessed amateur with little or no knowledge of horticulturalism, having been seduced by the vibrant illustrations of bulb catalogues and the hazy ideal of the cottage garden. The development of the project through the seasons unfolds in detail as Nichols introduces the reader to a gallery of characters along the way, from the formidable Mrs M. to Mr Honey, the engimatic nurseryman who only speaks in Latin.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Garden Art Press; New edition edition (Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870673220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870673228
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,891 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 "

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.

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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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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