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Down the Garden Path Unknown Binding – 1934


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1934)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AFVUJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brown on 25 Dec. 2014
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 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 would 'do' as Nichols might say. 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 gentleman bachelor and invite down a host of uppercrust - or raffish or dubious or retiring - guests up 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 aloud - 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on 21 Nov. 2012
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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Not as interesting as Merry Hall or Laughter on the Stairs. Down the Garden Path seemed patchy and did not have the same depth to the interesting characters the author encountered. It was however fairly entertaining, but very short.
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