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Village in a Valley (Allways trilogy #3)

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This reprint of the third book in Nichols's Allways trilogy contains a new foreword by Bryan Connon, Beverley Nichols's biographer. Set in the English countryside, the hilarious memoir is as much about the author's love for plants as it is about the village in which he lived. The depictions of flowers and ornamentals — "A single one of those gloxinias would be an event in ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 21st 2005 by Timber Press (first published June 1979)
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Mar 17, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
My personal favorite in Nichols' "Allways" trilogy. I devoured it in less then 24 hours. I laughed, I greatly enjoyed the various village vignettes, and finally, I cried buckets (yes, buckets ) by the end.

That, my friend, is the sign of a superior read.
Jul 28, 2013 Polly rated it really liked it
I tend to think I like this one less than the first two Allways books when I start reading it, but then I get towards the end, where it's all tender and weepy and charming, and I realize this may actually be my favourite of the three (but the Merry Hall books are still better). Certainly Nichols is a little less snippy than he often was, which is kind of a good thing, as it can get a bit tiresome, especially when he's snippy about women.
Jan 25, 2011 sarah rated it liked it
This was a reread. I really like to read books like this in the winter. It takes place in the 30's in a somewhat fictional town in the English countryside. It's amusing. It's a bit dated. The narrator loves to garden. Not much happens. Perfect.
May 19, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garden porn - amusing, chatty - even catty - Nichols is a charmer.
Jan 12, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm not entirely sure that this is a nonfiction book--it has a bit more plot than most of Nichols' garden books, and while there's certainly a lot of effusion about his plants, there are other things happening as well. Nichols' old governess, living on a pittance, invests unwisely and finds herself penniless. Since she won't take charity, the neighbors at Allways set her up in a little village store. Meanwhile, a young visitor becomes engaged in a treasure hunt for stained glass from the church, ...more
Randy Lakeman
Aug 14, 2015 Randy Lakeman rated it it was amazing
In times of stress, I always turn to Beverley Nichols. He helps me see that my life is not terribly different than the ideal life (for me, at least) that he so lushly describes in his books.
May 22, 2014 Irene rated it it was amazing
Gardens and humor. Is there a better combination?
This third book in the Allways trilogy loses focus somewhat and tends to ramble; unfortunately some of the meandering reads all too much like Nichols filling space. Though I liked this book less overall than the previous one, the last quarter redeems itself with some lovely, very touching storytelling.
Lori Simcik
Oct 13, 2007 Lori Simcik rated it it was amazing
This is the third of the Allways trilogy, and examines the village people themselves. Nichols paints a variety of characters with great wit, but never lets the book become too gossipy or frothy. As always, one can always sense his great love for the community where he lives.
Apr 28, 2013 Katrina rated it really liked it
This is the third in the Allways trilogy and I enjoyed it just as much as the first two, despite the fact that there isn't an awful lot about his garden in it. It's mainly about the village and some of its inhabitants.
Hilary Lang Greenebaum
Sweet, gorgeous, fragrent, well thought out, personalble, and smart - loved it for a quiet read but didnt like the ending. Did you?
Sep 16, 2007 Melody rated it it was ok
Too arch, too mawkish for me, but still rich with hints and promises of the brilliantly funny writing that came later in his career.
Amy Barlow
Jul 03, 2013 Amy Barlow rated it it was amazing
I loved it. He has a wonderful way of saying the simplest things. "The sky sent down it's sorrows" (it's snowing). How British!
Oct 25, 2012 Janet added it
Shelves: nonfiction, garden
Not much gardening in this one, but lots of the saintly Miss Haslitt.
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John Beverley Nichols was an author, playwright, journalist, composer, and public speaker.
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