Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Merry Hall

Merry HallMerry Hall by Beverley Nichols
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A disclaimer by the author:

"This book -- as you may by now have gathered -- is not really a book at all; it is only a long walk round a garden, in winter and summer, in rain and in sunshine; and if it bores you to walk round gardens you will long ago have chucked it aside. So neither of us need worry."

If you want anything much to happen in a book, this may not be for you. It's also not very technical as to the plantings and methods of gardening employed at Merry Hall. But it is quite entertaining, chatty, and at times, bitingly funny. The author has an affinity for cats, so he can't be all bad. I'm planning to read his "Cats' A.B.C." on the strength of this:

“Let us be honest: most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness. I should not feel quite easy in the company of any cat that walked around the house with a saintly expression.”

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