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ISBN10: 0881924172
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First in a trilogy, Merry Hall is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious.

Book News Annotation:

This classic of gardening literature humorously recounts Nichols' (1898-1983) purchase and renovation of an elegant, if run- down, Georgian estate and is illustrated with fine original pen and ink drawings. Includes an introduction by Ann Lovejoy.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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No more delightful garden-related books have ever been written than Nichols' accounts of the rescue and renovation of Merry Hall, a rundown Georgian mansion and its garden.

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Timber Press is proud to return to print a classic in garden literature by the late Beverley Nichols. With a new foreword by Ann Lovejoy and a new index updating all plant names, this edition of Merry Hall should delight a new generation of readers. If Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is hardly solemn. The narrative is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious. The local characters who alternately delight and frustrate him are as important as the plants: the ancient gardener Oldfield, who refuses to plant "boolbs", the scheming Miss Emily, and Gaskin, Nichols's omniscient and beatific factotum. But what lures readers to return to Merry Hall again and again are the rapturous discursions on plants and gardening.

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. 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' 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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sregcofran, October 12, 2009 (view all comments by sregcofran)
Glad to see that the print version is available. Only the e-book is available at our local library. I saw it as a suggested read and am intrigued by the premise and love that it is a trilogy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780881924176
Foreword:
Lovejoy, Ann
Author:
Sayer, Derrick
Foreword by:
Lovejoy, Ann
Foreword:
Lovejoy, Ann
Author:
Nichols, Beverley
Publisher:
Timber Press
Location:
Portland, Ore. :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Gardening -- England -- Surrey.
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Gardeners -- England -- Biography.
Subject:
Gardening-Writing
Edition Description:
Hardback - With dust jacket
Series:
Beverley Nichols Trilogy
Publication Date:
19980330
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
342
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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Product details 342 pages Timber Press (OR) - English 9780881924176 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , No more delightful garden-related books have ever been written than Nichols' accounts of the rescue and renovation of Merry Hall, a rundown Georgian mansion and its garden.
"Synopsis" by , Timber Press is proud to return to print a classic in garden literature by the late Beverley Nichols. With a new foreword by Ann Lovejoy and a new index updating all plant names, this edition of Merry Hall should delight a new generation of readers. If Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is hardly solemn. The narrative is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious. The local characters who alternately delight and frustrate him are as important as the plants: the ancient gardener Oldfield, who refuses to plant "boolbs", the scheming Miss Emily, and Gaskin, Nichols's omniscient and beatific factotum. But what lures readers to return to Merry Hall again and again are the rapturous discursions on plants and gardening.
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