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A Village In A Valley by Beverley Nichols
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A Village In A Valley

by Beverley Nichols

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Too arch, too mawkish for me, but still rich with hints and promises of the brilliantly funny writing that came later in his career. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Not much gardening in this one, but lots of the saintly Miss Haslitt.
  mulliner | Jan 24, 2010 |
The third book in Nichols' "Allways trilogy". 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 Allways...I should give a party for it" - are both inspiring and unforgettable. This is the voice of one whose chief endowment is an appreciation for plants and the landscape, including a keen understanding of the importance gardens play in an increasingly modern world.
  antimuzak | Oct 28, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0881927295, Hardcover)

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 Allways ... I should give a party for it" — are both inspiring and unforgettable. This is the voice of one whose chief endowment is an appreciation for plants and the landscape, including a keen understanding of the importance gardens play in an increasingly modern world.

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"The third book in the Allways trilogy, A Village in a Valley is an exploration of the village of Glatton - for which Allways is a pseudonym - and the people who lived and gardened there. Set in the English countryside, this memoir is as much about the author's love for plants, however, as it is about the village in which he lived." "Beverley Nichols's account is not a manual of gardening advice, but rather the voice of one whose chief endowment is an appreciation for plants and the landscape, including a keen understanding of the importance gardens play in an increasingly modern world. From prim Lady Osprey who "invariably belittled other people's possessions" to the tragic Miss Bott, a controversial symbol of post-war suffering, Beverley Nichols captures with deft skill the unique personalities from whom gardening was his happy reprieve."."This reprint of the classic edition contains a new forward by Bryan Connon, Beverley Nichols's biographer, who discloses valuable insight into the historical basis surrounding the book, as well as the stir it caused in Glatton. Peppered with Rex Whistler's illustrations, this edition is a masterful recreation that will continue to delight readers for years to come."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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