Information on this page was compiled by Roy C. Dicks from Bryan Connon's Beverley Nichols: A Life
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1898

Beverley Nichols born on September 9 at The Woods, Bower Ashton, Bristol, England, to parents John and Pauline Nichols.

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1917

Inducted into the Labour Corps, a noncombat Army division

1918

Invited on an academic junket to America with a Cambridge contingent. Meets with President Wilson and visits many US cities.

1919

Enters Oxford. Becomes editor of The Isis and starts a new magazine, The Oxford Outlook. Has article published in the New York Post.

1920s

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1920

Prelude, a novel, is published.

Elected president of the Oxford Union, graduates with a BA.

1921

Patchwork, a novel, is published.

Works as staff reporter for London Sunday Dispatch. Writes articles for London papers Sunday Times, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily News, Daily Mirror, and for American papers Weekly Review, Outlook, and New York Evening Post.

1922

Self, a novel, is published.

Writes articles for the London Daily News, "From an Attic Window," based on his stay in Greece. Other articles appear in the London Sunday Times, London Daily Mail, the American Outlook, and the Baltimore Sun.

1923

Writes series of short stories for London Daily News under the title "Little Tales." They are published in 2 booklets with 30 stories in each.

1924

Travels to Australia to work with Nellie Melba on her opera tour and to ghostwrite her autobiography.

Hires Arthur R. Gaskin as his manservant.

1925

Melodies and Memories, the autobiography of Nellie Melba, is published.

1926

Writes a series of character portrait articles for London glossy magazine The Sketch, which are later published as Are They the Same at Home?

Twenty-five, an autobiography, is published.

1927

Writes articles for Hearst's, Good Housekeeping, and Nash's Magazine.

Crazy Pavements, a novel, is published.

Are They the Same at Home?, a collection of celebrity profiles, is published.

1928

The Star-Spangled Manner, another collection of celebrity profiles, is published.

Serves as editor of the American Sketch in New York from December through April 1929.

Purchases Thatch Cottage in Glatton.

1929

The Stag, a play, opens in London.

1930s

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1931

Women and Children Last, a collection of short stories, is published.

Oxford/London/Hollywood, a combined edition of Twenty-five, Are They the Same at Home? and The Star-Spangled Manner, is published.

Glamour, a film in which Beverley acts, opens.

1932

Avalanche, a play, opens in London.

Down the Garden Path, a novel about gardening, is published.

For Adults Only, a satire, is published.

Begins weekly articles for London Sunday Chronicle. Continues to write occasional articles for it through 1947.

Evensong, a novel, is published.

Evensong, a play, opens in London on June 30.

1933

When the Crash Comes, a play, opens in London.

Puck at Brighton, a tour guide to Brighton, is published.

A Thatched Roof, a novel about gardening, is published.

Failures: Three Plays is published.

Cry Havoc!, a political novel, is published.

1934

A Village in a Valley, a novel about gardening, is published.

A Book of Old Ballads, literary research, is published.

Evensong, a film, opens.

1935

How Does Your Garden Grow?, a collection of radio talks on gardening, is published.

1936

Purchases house at One Ellerdale Close, Hampstead.

The Fool Hath Said, a religious novel, is published.

No Place Like Home, a collection of travel writing, is published.

1937

Floodlight, a musical revue, opens in London.

Thatch Cottage is put up for sale in September, mostly due to the lost 3000 investment in Floodlight.

Mesmer, a play, is published.

1938

Mesmer is produced in London.

News of England, a political book, is published.

1939

Green Grows the City, a novel about gardening, is published.

Revue, a novel, is published.

Buys Butcher's Barn, Danehill (near Haywards Heath), to be out of London during the war.

1940s

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1941

Men Do Not Weep, a collection of short stories, is published.

Sells Butcher's Barn and moves back into Ellersdale Close.

1944

Verdict on India, a political treatise, is published.

1945

Purchases Merry Hall in Ashtead, Surrey.

Sells house at One Ellerdale Close.

The Tree That Sat Down, a children's novel, is published.

1946

Begins writing weekly column for Woman's Own. Continues through 1967.

1948

The Stream That Stood Still, a children's novel, is published.

1949

All I Could Never Be, an autobiography, is published.

Shadow of the Vine, a play, is published.

Yours Sincerely, a collection of magazine articles, is published.

1950s

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1950

The Mountain of Magic, a children's novel, is published.

Uncle Samson, a political book, is published.

1951

Merry Hall, a novel about gardening, is published.

1952

A Pilgrim's Progress, a religious novel, is published.

Attends Queen Elizabeth II's coronation as one of the few newpaper reporters allowed. His article is republished as Queen's Coronation Day in 1953.

1953

Laughter on the Stairs, a novel about gardening, is published.

Evensong is produced for television as a musical.

1954

No Man's Street, a mystery, is published.

Shadow of the Vine, a play, opens in London.

1955

The Moonflower, a mystery, is published.

Beverley Nichols' Cat Book, a collection of cat photographs, is published.

1956

Sunlight on the Lawn, a novel about gardening, is published.

Death to Slow Music, a mystery, is published.

Sells Merry Hall, moves into the cottage on the grounds of Merry Hall for a few months, then to a ground floor flat in a house on Fitzjohns Avenue, Hampstead.

1957

The Rich Die Hard, a mystery, is published.

1958

Purchases Sudbrook Cottage, Ham, Surrey (near Richmond), in summer.

Shadow of the Vine is produced for television.

The Sweet and Twenties, an autobiography, is published.

1960s

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1960

Murder by Request, a mystery, is published.

Beverley Nichols' Cats' A. B. C. is published.

1961

Beverley Nichols' Cats' X. Y. Z. is published.

1963

Garden Open Today, a novel about gardening, is published.

1964

Forty Favorite Flowers, a book about gardening, is published.

1966

Gaskin dies of cirrhosis of the liver brought on by alcoholism.

A Case of Human Bondage, an autobiography, is published.

Powers That Be, a book on parapsychology, is published.

1967

Art of Flower Arrangement, a book on garden writing, is published.

1968

Garden Open Tomorrow, a novel about gardening, is published.

1969

The Sun in My Eyes, a travel book, is published.

1970s

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1971

The Wickedest Witch in the World, a children's novel, is published.

Gift of a Garden, a condensed version of the Allways trilogy, is published.

1972

Gift of a Home, a condensed version of the Merry Hall trilogy, is published.

Father Figure, an autobiography, is published.

1974

Down the Kitchen Sink, an autobiography, is published.

1977

Beverley Nichols' Cats' A to Z, a combination of the previous Cats books into one volume, is published.

1978

The Unforgiving Minute, an autobiography, is published.

1980s

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1982

Twilight, a collection of poems, is published.

1983

The fiftieth anniversary edition of Down the Garden Path is published with a new preface by Beverley.

Beverley Nichols dies September 15 from complications due to a fall. His ashes are later scattered on the grounds of the church at Glatton.

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