Beverley Nichols


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in Bowre Ashton, Bristol, The United Kingdom
September 09, 1898

Died
September 15, 1983

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John Beverley Nichols (born September 9, 1898 in Bower Ashton, Bristol, died September 15, 1983 in Kingston, London), was an English writer, playwright, actor, novelist and composer. He went to school at Marlborough College, and went to Balliol College, Oxford University, and was President of the Oxford Union and editor of Isis.

Between his first novel, Prelude, published in 1920, and Twilight in 1982, he wrote more than 60 books and plays on topics such as travel, politics, religion, cats, novels, mysteries, and children's stories, authoring six novels, five detective mysteries, four children's stories, six plays, and no fewer than six autobiographies.

Nichols is perhaps best remembered as a writer for Woman's Own and for his gardening books
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Average rating: 4.2 · 3,690 ratings · 579 reviews · 81 distinct worksSimilar authors
Merry Hall

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4.19 avg rating — 684 ratings — published 1951 — 6 editions
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Down the Garden Path

4.24 avg rating — 670 ratings — published 1931 — 8 editions
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Laughter on the Stairs

4.39 avg rating — 344 ratings — published 1953 — 4 editions
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Sunlight on the Lawn

4.39 avg rating — 255 ratings — published 1999 — 5 editions
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A Thatched Roof

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4.33 avg rating — 239 ratings — published 1932 — 6 editions
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The Tree That Sat Down (The...

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4.20 avg rating — 208 ratings — published 1975 — 2 editions
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Village in a Valley

4.31 avg rating — 172 ratings — published 1979 — 5 editions
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The Stream That Stood Still...

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4.17 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 1948
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Green Grows the City: The S...

4.29 avg rating — 138 ratings — published 1997 — 5 editions
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Garden Open Today

4.17 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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Merry Hall Laughter on the Stairs Sunlight on the Lawn
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Down the Garden Path A Thatched Roof Village in a Valley
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Wickedest Witch in the World The Tree That Sat Down The Stream That Stood Still The Mountain of Magic
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“Let us be honest: most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness. I should not feel quite easy in the company of any cat that walked around the house with a saintly expression.”
Beverley Nichols, Beverley Nichols' Cats' A Z
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“Long experience has taught me that people who do not like geraniums have something morally unsound about them. Sooner or later you will find them out; you will discover that they drink, or steal books, or speak sharply to cats. Never trust a man or a woman who is not passionately devoted to geraniums.”
Beverley Nichols, Merry Hall

“Often, when I have been feeling lonely, when a book as been thrust aside in boredom [...] I have lain back and stared at the shadows on the ceiling, wondering what life is all about [...] and then, suddenly, there is the echo of the swinging door, and across the carpet, walking with the utmost delicacy and precision, stalks Four or Five or Oscar. He sits down on the floor beside me, regarding my long legs, my old jumper, and my floppy arms, with a purely practical interest. Which part of this large male body will form the most appropriate lap? Usually he settles for the chest. Whereupon he springs up and there is a feeling of cold fur [...] and the tip of an icy nose, thrust against my wrist and a positive tattoo of purrs. And I no longer wonder what life is all about.”
Beverley Nichols, Cats' A. B. C