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Laughter on the Stairs

By Beverley Nichols

Foreword by Roy C. Dicks

Be prepared. Beverley Nichols' garden books are part PG Wodehouse and part James Barrie — full of hilarious Jeeves-like characters and events, with moments of Peter Pan magic.

Pacific Horticulture

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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Media reviews

"Be prepared. Beverley Nichols' garden books are part PG Wodehouse and part James Barrie — full of hilarious Jeeves-like characters and events, with moments of Peter Pan magic."

—Bob Cowden, Pacific Horticulture

"For Beverley Nichols, this is a season of revival, and readers can be grateful for the chance once again to cultivate his acquaintance."

—Michele Slung, Victoria

"The Nichols books are gardening classics; after reading one volume, you will want to read the others, so it would be best to buy all three at the outset."

—Diane Kostial McGuire, Journal of the New England Garden History Society

"Find a comfortable chair, relax, and enjoy the Nichols' flights of literary fancy but be warned, once started, his books are hard to put down."

—Rosemary Read, American Rhododendron Society Journal

"Nichols, a prolific writer best known for his gardening books, transforms the large and small happenings of a sleepy British village and country estate into mock high drama, retelling events such as a burglary, a ghost sighting, and home and garden renovations with humor and insight."

SciTech Book News

"You’ll find laughter on the stairs and everywhere else Nichols takes you as he renovates his old home and garden."

Southern Living

"[Nichols] the very model of gardening insouciance, ... wrote at least once about everything and ... is nearly the Bertie Wooster of gardening, and I say nearly only because some would consider it an insult to be called the Bertie Wooster of anything."

—Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times Book Review

"The charm of Merry Hall, Laughter on the Stairs (mostly about the house) and Sunlight on the Lawn is undeniable, a mixture of the lyrical, the teasing, the understatedly witty and the self-mockingly camp."

—Ursula Buchan, Daily Telegraph (London)

"A marvelously hilarious insight into people, plants and places ... If you have ever renovated an old house or garden, you’ll love these books."

Traditional Gardening

About the author

Beverley Nichols

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.

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