Laughter on the Stairs

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Timber Press, 1998 - Gardening - 257 pages
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In this, the second volume of the Merry Hall trilogy, Nichols is less concerned with his garden and more with his house, but the story does include the memorable characters Our Rose, the ditzy floral designer, and the cantankerous gardener Oldfield.

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User Review  - HenriMoreaux - LibraryThing

Laughter On The Stairs is the second book in the Merry Hall autobiographical trilogy. Written in post war England it chronicles the authors renovations of Merry Hall and village life. I picked this ... Read full review

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Review of the Trilogy by Beverley Nichols: 1) Merry Hall, 2) Laughter on the Stairs and 3) Sunlight on the Lawn. This non-fiction trilogy (somewhat fictionalized, as it turns out) focuses on the years ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Beverley Nichols (1898 1983) was a prolific writer on subjects ranging from religion to politics and travel, in addition to authoring six novels, five detective mysteries, four children's stories, six autobiographies, and six plays. He is perhaps best remembered today for his gardening books. The first of them, Down the Garden Path, centered on his home and garden at Glatton and has been in print almost continuously since 1932. Merry Hall (1951) and its sequels Laughter on the Stairs (1953) and Sunlight on the Lawn (1956) document Nichols' travails in renovating a Georgian mansion and its gardens soon after the war. His final garden was at Sudbrook Cottage, which serves as the setting for Garden Open Today (1963) and Garden Open Tomorrow (1968). The progress of all three gardens was followed avidly by readers of his books and weekly magazine columns.

Roy C. Dicks is a professional librarian, actor, stage director, and music critic (with a particular passion for opera). He is a world-class expert on Beverley Nichols who has contributed forewords and indexes to many Nichols reprints.

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