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Beverley Nichols: A Life

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A generous, meticulously researched biography of a complex and multi-talented writer, musician, and socialite. Connon doesn't flinch at comparing the evidence about details in Nichols' life with Nichols' own imaginative renderings of events, particularly in connection with his relationship with his
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Timber Press (OR)
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O Babs
Jul 14, 2016 O Babs rated it liked it
Shelves: author-biography
A prolific author throughout his life, Beverley Nichols is known now mostly for his books about his gardens and the houses set in those gardens. He developed a breezy, campy style for these books, and his descriptions are vivid. Some things are out of place in the 21st century, 80 years or so after Nichols lived, gardened and wrote. No matter how little you garden, the garden books are fun, light reading.

Connon has done a good job of adding some depth to the persona that narrates the garden writ
Dec 18, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
I finished this fascinating book on Sunday.

I’d not heard of Nichols prior to a few weeks ago. I was doing a Google Image search for a picture of Rex Whistler, and came instead across a dust jacket Whistler designed, in the British Neo-Romantic style of the 1930s, for a book called “A Thatched House.” The picture was enchanting, and the subject and title intrigued me, so I looked up the author, Beverley Nichols.

I learned he is best-remembered today for his home and gardening books, and that got m
May 13, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I first encountered Beverley Nichols as a writer of garden books. I would describe his style as something along the lines of Noel Coward repartee while double digging a perennial bed; i.e. witty apercus on the passing neighbors' floral faux pas while managing not to do any of the actual digging himself. This biography was a well written exploration of Nichols' wide (but I can't say deep) career as a reporter, gossip columnist, composer of muscial scores, and man about town (and garden). Connon, ...more
Sep 15, 2007 Melody rated it it was ok
I love Nichols' garden writing. I liked Nichols much better before I knew him, though. The times were rough for who he was, of course, but if Connon's right (and I have no reason to doubt him), he had such a sad, pathetic life. I would have liked more about the relationships that made up Nichols' adult life, and more about Gaskin the loyal retainer. Unsatisfying.
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Nov 10, 2013 Katharine Holden rated it did not like it
Uninteresting, bland book. Never quite shows why we should be interested in this person.
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