Beverley Nichols - an extraordinary man.
I picked up an old book in a charity shop a few days ago. Entitled “Merry Hall” what drew me to it was the rather lovely picture on the dust jacket, showing an old house, lit warmly from within.
I had heard of the author before, but knew nothing about him – in fact, I always assumed that Beverley was a woman – not so! And I also assumed that this would be a child’s fairy tale, as my sister had read several of his books when she was a child – “The Wickedest Witch in the World” being one. So I purchased said book, thinking to give to my sis for Xmas.
Then I started to read it – well, how amazing – its a gardening book – but of the most hilarious and amusing sort. Full of eccentric characters (His “Man” Gaskin, his ancient gardener “Oldfield” , annoying and nosey neighbours plus his cats “One” and “Four”).
At risk of being boring, and if you have never heard of BN, please look him up on Wikipedia.
I have now ordered one of his classics “Down The Garden Path” – and I can only urge you to read one of his many books for yourself – soo funny and would, IMHO, make a really great gift for a gardening friend.
- 4 Oct, 2008
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