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3.0 out of 5 stars Terribly twee, 10 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Down the Garden Path (Allways Trilogy) (Hardcover)
I remember the Beverley Nichols garden books from years ago and looked forward to rereading this one. It is still quite amusing but now strikes me as snobbish, self-indulgent and tooth-achingly camp. I'm afraid the word 'pansy' sprang irresistibly to mind. Interesting, though, as a period piece, and a few of the gardening ideas remain worth considering. It was never intended as a practical manual, but does have a few interesting hints and tips. The Reginald Arkle books (also based on garden and village life) are of a similar vintage and, to my taste, have more enduring charm.
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2012 21:33:41 GMT
Henry Turner says:
This is a bit of a nasty, borderline homophobic review. HazeyJanet - would you have called the book 'tooth-achingly camp' if it had been written by a woman rather than by a gay man? And, yes, you should be afraid that the word 'pansy' sprang to mind. It's a term of abuse that I feel rather shocked to see you use in this context.

Posted on 22 Jul 2012 10:43:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jul 2012 10:46:38 BDT
bookwormsu says:
Down the Garden Path (Allways Trilogy)

At the time of writing homosexuality was illegal in England; this may explain some of the book. When I re read it after a gap of say 40 years, yes there were bits that grated. But in 1946 times were different. What I believe the author conveys is the magic of a garden, the sense that life without a patch of ground is unsupportable.All gardeners share this.

Posted on 16 May 2016 22:06:15 BDT
Dragonfly says:
A review that says more about the unpleasantness qualities of Janet than the qualities of the book.
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