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Down the Garden Path Paperback – 15 May 1986

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Product details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: ACC Art Books; New edition edition (15 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851490078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851490073
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,426,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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" (10/01/2005)

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" (05/17/2005)

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" (03/15/2005)

" 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, October 2005

" 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, May 17, 2005

" 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, March 2005

"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.--Lori D. Kranz "Bloomsbury Review "

"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, October 2005--Bobbie Schwartz "Buckeye "

"Reading Beverly Nichols is like gliding along a smooth road through gentle, rolling scenery with a witty, articulate companion by your side."

"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, May 17, 2005" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"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 are, the cast of visitors and neighbours who invariably turn up at inopportune moments are truly memorable. For every angelic Miss Hazlitt there is an insufferable Miss Wilkins waiting in the wings. For every thought-provoking Professor, there is an intrusive Mrs. M., whose chief offense may be that she is a "damnably efficient" gardener. From a disaster in building a rock garden---"It reminded me of those puddings made of spongecake and custard which are studded with almonds"---to a triumph in building an "avalanche" of chionodoxas---"Ah, but it was worth waiting for"---to further adventures with greenhouses, woodland gardens, not to mention cats and treacle, Nichols has left us a true gardening classic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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By Richard Brown TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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Of its period, a gentle, entertaining, well-observed and slightly bitchy work. Not for everyone, perhaps, but there are times when I want an unexacting read, and Beverley Nicholls fits the bill very well. His books can be read in chapters, making them perfect for a bedtime read.
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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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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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