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The Beverley Nichols Trilogy, Volume 3: Sunlight on the Lawn

Biography / Memoir

Series: The Beverley Nichols Trilogy Series Volume: 3

By: Beverley Nichols

Timber Press

Hardback | Feb 1999 | #86605 | ISBN: 0881924679
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Sunlight on the Lawn brings to a close Beverley Nichols's delightful Merry Hall trilogy describing the renovation of his rundown Georgian mansion and its garden.

First published in 1956... it still holds great charm. Choice 19990401 I can think of no better book to start the new century than one that reflects the best of the old in such gracious, entertaining style. Hull Daily Mail 20000101 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) 19991231 This [Merry Hall] trilogy is consistently delightful, gentle, witty, and charming. Reading these books is like having your back scratched by your best friend ... it's all so pleasant, you wish it will never end. -- Corinne Erly Iowa Source 20000412 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 20000531 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 20001204 Garden vicariously with Mr. Nichols and expect to be captivated. -- Rosemary Read American Rhododendron Society Journal 20010312 Delightful ... best read on a sunny day while lounging in your own garden hammock. -- Elizabeth Licata Buffalo Spree 20030320 In his entertaining and inimitable manner, Beverly Nichols wraps up his trilogy on the renovation of Merry Hall and its garden. -- Peter Kendall American Rhododendron Society Journal 20041014


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Biography

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. The first of them, Down the Garden Path, centered on his home and garden at Glatton and has been in print almost continuously since 1932. Merry Hall (1951) and its sequels Laughter on the Stairs (1953) and Sunlight on the Lawn (1956) document Nichols's travails in renovating a Georgian mansion and its gardens soon after the war. His final garden was at Sudbrook Cottage, which serves as the setting for Garden Open Today (1963) and Garden Open Tomorrow (1968). The progress of all three gardens was followed avidly by readers of his books and weekly magazine columns.

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