A selection of favourite titles chosen by the readers of Evergreen
Writing from Eastbourne in East Sussex, Mr. Philip Hague says that one of his favourite books is Down the Garden Path which was written in 1932 by Beverley Nichols.
“It was a story about his cottage in the village of Allways which in fact was Glatton in Huntingdonshire. It described the people who lived there and his struggles with his garden. There were two sequels: A Thatched Roof and A Village in a Valley.” Philip says that when he was a boy his family lived nearby and his sister took photographs ( see opposite page) of the places described in his books.
Born in 1898 in Bristol, and educated at Marlborough College and Balliol College, Oxford, Beverley Nichols was a prolific author, playwright, journalist and composer with more than 60 books and plays to his credit. These included novels, short stories and children’s books, as well as books about travel, cats, politics and religion. After working with Nellie Melba on her opera tour of Australia, he was even the ghostwriter of the great soprano’s autobiography, Melodies and Memories ( 1925).
Throughout his life he wrote articles for most major newspapers and magazines on a wide variety of subjects, including a series of short stories for the London Daily News, Little Tales ( 1923), celebrity profiles for The Sketch ( 1926), which were later published as Are They the Same at Home?, and a weekly column for Woman’s Weekly which ran from 1946 until 1967. In 1953 he was one of the few reporters allowed to attend Elizabeth II’s coronation, publishing an account entitled The Queen’s Coronation Day.