Laughter on the Stairs

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Timber Press, 1998 - Gardening - 257 pages
12 Reviews
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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Review: Laughter on the Stairs (Merry Hall Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Beth L. - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book after I got used to his style of writing. The book was written in the 1950s I believe and so the writing is a bit stilted here and there. But once I got past that it was all good. I do enjoy reading about gardens and restoring houses both of which are included in this book. Read full review

Review: Laughter on the Stairs (Merry Hall Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

This is the second book in Nichols' Merry Hall trilogy. While the first book focuses largely on the garden, "Laughter on the Stairs" focuses on the renovation of the Georgian home Nichols purchased ... Read full review

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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