First in a trilogy, Merry Hall is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious.
No more delightful garden-related books have ever been written than Nichols' accounts of the rescue and renovation of Merry Hall, a rundown Georgian mansion and its garden.Baker & Taylor
An unusual gardening book that discusses flowers and gardens in a non-fictional novel format, telling the story of a deserted garden that is transformed into a paradiseBook News
This classic of gardening literature humorously recounts Nichols' (1898-1983) purchase and renovation of an elegant, if run- down, Georgian estate and is illustrated with fine original pen and ink drawings. Includes an introduction by Ann Lovejoy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.Blackwell North Amer
Timber Press is proud to return to print a classic in garden literature by the late Beverley Nichols. With a new foreword by Ann Lovejoy and a new index updating all plant names, this edition of Merry Hall should delight a new generation of readers.
If Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is hardly solemn. The narrative is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious. The local characters who alternately delight and frustrate him are as important as the plants: the ancient gardener Oldfield, who refuses to plant "boolbs," the scheming Miss Emily, and Gaskin, Nichols's omniscient and beatific factotum.
But what lures readers to return to Merry Hall again and again are the rapturous discursions on plants and gardening.