I Am In Love With Beverley Nichols

CIMG1548Firstly, let me assure you that Beverley Nichols is (or was) a man. Secondly, I have to admit that until very recently we were complete strangers – and without a chance comment from Annette in her Personal Eden, expressing surprise that we had not met before, then we might have remained strangers to each other for ever. Annette felt strongly that it would be advantageous to make each others’ acquaintance, and a meeting was set up immediately, facilitated by our mutual friend, Amazon.

I fell on him with open arms the moment he crossed the threshold yesterday, and I don’t know if the attraction is mutual but I am afraid I couldn’t keep my hands off him and I have been hanging onto every word he utters …. in truth, I am smitten!

Annette berated me for my ignorance, but am I the only one who has waited till later life to get to know him? If he was alive today he would be blogging with the rest of us in his own inimitable style, and if he had died a good bit before he did in 1983 I would have been honoured to have had him reincarnatedΒ  into my size 4s – not that my writing drips off the keyboard in anything remotely like the molten gold words that seem to slide effortlessly from his mouth, so chance would have been a very fine thing. This, his first gardening book, is an autobiographical account written in the 1930s that follows the creation of his first garden – but it is a gardening book like no other. He writes as he thinks, telling it exactly as it is, and with a style that has had me giggling and nodding in agreement in equal measure. For those who have already had an affair with him, you will know exactly what I mean – and for those who haven’t it would be selfish to keep him to myself, so I will be generous and willingly share my relationship with anyone else who thinks they will find him attractive.

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16 Responses to I Am In Love With Beverley Nichols

  1. I have the book, started it but then set it aside. I’ve got to get back and finish it.

  2. MCH says:

    Thanks for this post about Beverley Nichols. I ordered a used copy on line and am looking forward to reading his gardening book.

    • Cathy says:

      Hope you get as much pleasure from it as I have done – I am currently resisting going on-line and ordering some of his others!

  3. Anna says:

    ‘ Down The Garden Path’ is on my bookshelf Cathy but it’s some time since I read it. I do remember that he expressed some strong opinions. Maybe time to revisit πŸ™‚

  4. Annette says:

    I’m very confused, Cathy, as I had written a reply this morning and now I can’t see it here and just wanted to check the feedback on your post which by the way is a bit weak, isn’t it? But I guess (or hope rather) they’ll all be out there to find out about Beverley ;). Anyway, a big thank you for referring once more to my blog, you’re very sweet :). And I feel the same about Beverley…molten gold words, oh yes!!! And when I giggle in bed (while reading) my husband just asks “Beverley Nichols?” and oh, yes, there’s only one answer! I wish I could write like him and am thoroughly pleased you love him too!!! Somehow knew you would…I have all his books and have to say I enjoy them all. Addictive, you’ll see πŸ™‚ I’m never afraid of strong opinions, are you?

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Annette – I must admit I was surprised to see you had ‘liked’ the post, but not commented on it. Definitely only a lukewarm response – but at least one other person has ordered a copy. I realised when thinking about you and I giggling over his turn of phrase that in a way he reminds me of Bill Bryson, for whom I also have a huge amount of admiration. I am resisting going straight onto Amazon and buying his other gardening books and shall poke around for a little while in charity shops and the charity book shelves you see at various houses and gardens these days. Whether he has strong opinions or not he certainly knows how to use words for literary effect – right up my street (and my garden path)!

      • Annette says:

        πŸ™‚ Guess they’re all embarassed because they’ve never heard of him…I love people with strong opions and shall now find out who the hell Bill Bryson is…

        • Cathy says:

          Can’t believe you have not been fortunate enough to come across Bill Bryson yet [shan’t suggest there is any ignorance involved πŸ˜‰ !] – he will both educate and amuse you in equal measure…

          • Annette says:

            And so we can all learn from each other ;). Any particular book you’d recommend?

          • Cathy says:

            I would start with the one about the UK, ‘Notes From a Small Island’ – which I have picked up today and started rereading. I was especially fascinated by ‘Down Under’, about Australia, as I realised there was a lot about the country that I was completely unaware of, and I particularly want to reread ‘At Home’ and make notes on it to remind me of some of the intriguing and educational info he has pulled together for it. You will enjoy any of his books (although his ‘Short History’ is quite tough to get into at first as he includes some pretty mind boggling stuff. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

          • Annette says:

            All noted – thank you, Cathy πŸ™‚ …mind boggling sounds good to me!

  5. Thank you, sounds intriguing.

  6. Annette says:

    Hat dies auf Annettes Garten / Annette's Garden rebloggt und kommentierte:
    For all of you poor souls who haven’t met Beverley Nichols yet…Cathy has written such a nice post that I’d like to share it with you πŸ™‚

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