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Beverley Nichols (1898–1983)

Autor(a) de Merry Hall

72+ Works 2,973 Membros 70 Críticas 12 Favorited

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
Image credit: From the back cover of "Merry Hall," Portland, Ore.: Timber Press, 1998.

Séries

Obras por Beverley Nichols

Down the Garden Path (1932) 376 exemplares, 8 críticas
Merry Hall (1951) 376 exemplares, 16 críticas
Laughter On The Stairs (1953) 202 exemplares, 5 críticas
Sunlight on the Lawn (1956) 191 exemplares, 2 críticas
A Thatched Roof (1933) 176 exemplares, 1 crítica
A Village in a Valley (1993) 133 exemplares, 3 críticas
The Tree That Sat Down (1945) 123 exemplares, 3 críticas
Garden Open Today (2002) 112 exemplares, 1 crítica
Green Grows the City: The Story of a London Garden (1997) 93 exemplares, 4 críticas
Twenty-Five (1985) 81 exemplares, 3 críticas
Garden Open Tomorrow (1968) 78 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Stream That Stood Still (1948) 77 exemplares, 2 críticas
Beverley Nichols' Cats' A. B. C. (2003) 65 exemplares, 1 crítica
Down the Kitchen Sink (1974) 65 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Mountain of Magic (1950) 64 exemplares
Rhapsody in Green (2009) 50 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Wickedest Witch in the World (1971) 46 exemplares, 3 críticas
Beverley Nichols' Cats' X. Y. Z. (2003) 44 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Queen's Coronation Day (2001) 35 exemplares
Crazy Pavements (1927) 34 exemplares, 1 crítica
Death to Slow Music (1956) 32 exemplares, 1 crítica
A Case of Human Bondage (1966) 29 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Moonflower (1955) 28 exemplares, 2 críticas
Father Figure (1972) 27 exemplares
A Book of Old Ballads (1934) — Editor; Introdução — 26 exemplares
The sweet and twenties (1958) 23 exemplares
No Man's Street (1973) 19 exemplares, 1 crítica
Murder by Request (1975) 19 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Art of Flower Arrangement (1967) 17 exemplares
Unforgiving Minute (1978) 16 exemplares
The rich die hard (1957) 15 exemplares
Cry Havoc! (1933) 15 exemplares
Powers That Be (1966) 15 exemplares
Verdict on India (2006) 14 exemplares
No Place Like Home (1936) 13 exemplares
Evensong (1932) 13 exemplares
Self (1938) 13 exemplares, 1 crítica
Cats' A-Z (1977) 12 exemplares
Women and Children Last (1996) 12 exemplares
The Fool Hath Said (1937) 11 exemplares
The Star Spangled Manner (2006) 11 exemplares
How does your garden grow? (1935) 11 exemplares
Patchwork (2013) 10 exemplares
A Pilgrim's Progress (1900) 10 exemplares
Prelude (2007) 9 exemplares
Forty favourite flowers (1965) 8 exemplares
Beverley Nichols' Cat Book (2011) 6 exemplares, 1 crítica
Yours Sincerely (1949) 6 exemplares
For adults only; (1932) 5 exemplares
Oxford-London-Hollywood (1934) 5 exemplares
Revue (1940) 5 exemplares
Men Do Not Weep (1941) 4 exemplares
The Sun in My Eyes (1969) 3 exemplares
All About Cats (1975) 3 exemplares
Uncle Samson. (1951) 2 exemplares
Was macht dein Garten? (2019) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Strange Tales from the Strand (1991) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Book of Cats (1976) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two (2017) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares, 3 críticas
The Gardener's Bedside Reader (2008) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Membros

Discussions

Will I like the Beverly Nichols trilogy? em Gardening (Abril 2014)

Críticas

Någon gång i barndomen, troligen i slukaråren, lånade jag från biblioteket den här boken. Jag minns att jag gillade den tillräckligt för att låna om den. Jag minns att den handlade om häxor (tänk Roald Dahl och Macbeth: fula, skräckinjagande och äckliga, men kapabla att förställa sig), och en vit ponny (något suspekt för mig på den tiden), och en liten flicka.

Nåväl, jag kom över den igen och har nu läst om. Saker jag inte kunde påminna mig: den fördärvade nyckelpigan Belsebub, hertiginnan som vill tjäna pengar på småfuskigt hästspelande, flickans mormor som bodde i ett träd. Och framför allt: hur lös handligen är. Eller rättare sagt, jag tänkte nog inte på att den stackars tidigare ägaren till Ponnyn Snowdrop helt avfördes ur handlingen, att fröken Smith mot slutet hux flux tog hjälp av en kollega, eller att rena sammanträffanden två gånger för samman de stackars djur fröken Smith plågat med just de personer som kan hjälpa.

Sedan att unga Judy och mormor Judy kanske inte gör så mycket mer än att samla ledtrådar och smågnabbas med varandra, och att en hel del av deras framgång beror på att onda häxor har svårt att hålla ihop är väl en annan sak. Jag är nöjd med att ha läst den igen, men det dröjer nog ett bra tag till nästa gång. Kanske jag lånar ut den till någon mer i rätt ålder.
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andejons | 2 outras críticas | Mar 18, 2024 |
discovered in CSUS library and reread this delightful account of plants, antiques, village life etc. in England shortly after WW II
 
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ritaer | 4 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |
Even at nine I felt this was a bit cutesy. Talking animals interacting with the human world, knowing that catastrophe will come.
 
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nwhyte | 2 outras críticas | Aug 28, 2023 |
Written in the time period shortly after WWII, Merry Hall chronicles the purchase of an 18th century red-bricked house and focuses on renovations of the adjoining gardens. By the time Merry Hall was published, Beverley Nichols had already made a name for himself as a published author. The author was a gardening fanatic and used his horticultural experiences as a backdrop for some of his non-fiction books, including this one. It must be said that Nichols spent a lot of time socializing with other wealthy elites, so he sometimes comes across as a bit of a snob. What makes this book endearing is his obvious love for gardening and the way he describes his experiences in a humorous way.

It isn't just a memoir about gardening though, as it is just as much a story about people. Nichols attempts to win over Oldsfield (the gardener who came with the 'estate') are hilarious. His verbal sparring with several neighbors is also funny, as long as one doesn't read too much into his words. This was published in the early 1950s, so sexism was more blantant. He also was a homosexual though there is nothing explicit in the book to bring your attention to that. (His longterm, live-in partner is noticeably absent from the book, at least by name.) Finally, the outdoor escapades of his cats 'One' and 'Four' are humorous and charming.

I don't think this book would appeal to everyone. If you love gardening, enjoy sarcastic humor and can get past some of the pompous attitudes, this might be the book for you. The best way I can describe it is a HGTV special about English gardens, mixed with Grumpy Old Men and Downton Abbey, with a sprinkle of The Aristocats thrown in.
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Ann_R | 15 outras críticas | Aug 7, 2023 |

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Obras
72
Also by
4
Membros
2,973
Popularidade
#8,579
Avaliação
3.9
Críticas
70
ISBN
108
Línguas
6
Marcado como favorito
12

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