A se­lec­tion of favourite ti­tles cho­sen by the read­ers of Ev­er­green

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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.

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