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Laughter on the Stairs (Merry Hall Trilogy) Hardcover – 15 Sep 1998
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Nichols, a prolific writer best known for his gardening books, transforms the large and small happenings of a sleepy British village and country estate into mock high drama, retelling events such as a burglary, a ghost sighting, and home and garden renovations with humor and insight.
You'll find laughter on the stairs and everywhere else Nichols takes you as he renovates his old home and garden.
A marvelously hilarious insight into people, plants and places... If you have ever renovated an old house or garden, you'll love these books.
For Beverley Nichols, this is a season of revival, and readers can be grateful for the chance once again to cultivate his acquaintance. -- Michele Slung "Victoria" (03/27/2001)
Find a comfortable chair, relax, and enjoy the Nichols' flights of literary fancy but be warned, once started, his books are hard to put down. -- Rosemary Read "American Rhododendron Society Journal" (06/02/1999)
Be prepared. Beverley Nichols' garden books are part PG Wodehouse and part James Barrie - full of hilarious Jeeves-like characters and events, with moments of Peter Pan magic. -- Bob Cowden "Pacific Horticulture" (05/31/2000)
The Nichols books are gardening classics; after reading one volume, you will want to read the others, so it would be best to buy all three at the outset. -- Diane Kostial McGuire "Journal of the New England Garden History Society" (12/04/2000)
The charm of "Merry Hall, Laughter on the Stairs" (mostly about the house) and "Sunlight on the Lawn" is undeniable, a mixture of the lyrical, the teasing, the understatedly witty and the self-mockingly camp. -- Ursula Buchan "Daily Telegraph (London)" (12/31/1999)
[Nichols] the very model of gardening insouciance, ... wrote at least once about everything and... is nearly the Bertie Wooster of gardening, and I say nearly only because some would consider it an insult to be called the Bertie Wooster of anything. -- Verlyn Klinkenborg "New York Times Book Review" (12/01/1998)
" You'll find laughter on the stairs and everywhere else Nichols takes you as he renovates his old home and garden."
-- Southern Living, Spring 1999
Mr Nichols' accounts of the rescue and renovation of Merry Hall, a rundown Georgian mansion and its garden.See all Product description
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I enjoyed this book much more than the first one, partly I think, because I had grown used to Beverley Nichols idiosyncratic way of writing, partly because I had grown to care for the characters he paints so vividly and it was a pleasure to be reintroduced to them. I think that Laughter on the Stairs is more amusing than the first book too. I particularly loved to read about his torture by decor thanks to the late Mr. Stebbings of Merry Hall, the stained glass window in particular springs to mind. Nichols has an ability to paint miniatures in words, snapshots of his life that are incredibly vivid and a joy to read. His voice reminds me more of a pre war era, with a little of the Mitford about him perhaps. It is perfect escapism.
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