Beverley Nichols Chronology 1898-1983

(with grateful thanks to Roy C Dicks)

1898

Sept 9th- John Beverley Nichols born at The Woods, Bower Ashton, Bristol, England. Parents – John and Pauline (two older brothers Alan and Paul).

1917

Inducted into the Labour Corps, a non-combat Army division.

1918

1918

Invited on an academic junket to America with a Cambridge contingent – met with President Wilson and visited many US cities.

1919

Entered Oxford – became editor of The Isis and started a new magazine, the Oxford Outlook; had article published in the New York Post.

1920

1920

Prelude, a novel is published. Elected president of the Oxford Union, graduates with a BA.

1921

Patchwork, a novel, is published. Staff reporter for London Sunday Dispatch; wrote articles for London papers: Sunday Times, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily News, Daily Mirror and for America papers: Weekly Review, Outlook, and NY Evening Post.

1922

Self, a novel is published. Wrote articles for the London Daily News “From an Attic Window” based on his stay in Greece. Other articles appeared 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 by the Daily News in 2 booklets with 30 stories in each.

1924

1924

Travels to Australia to work with Nellie Melba on her opera tour and to ghostwrite her autobiography. Hired Arthur R. Gaskin as his manservant (served him until his death in 1966).

1925

Melodies and Memories published (autobiography of Melba ghostwritten by Beverley Nichols).

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 Hearsts Good Housekeeping & Nash’s Magazine. Crazy Pavements, a novel, is published.  Are They the Same at Home?,- a collection of celebrity profiles, is published.

1928

1928

The Star-Spangled Manner, a book (celebrity profiles) published. Serves as editor of the American Sketch in New York from December 28 through April 29 Purchases Thatch Cottage in Glatton, Cambridgeshire, in September.

1929

1929

The Stag, a play by Nichols, opens in London.

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 Nichols acts, opens in London.

1932

1932

Avalanche, a play by Nichols 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 through 1943. Continues to write occasional articles through 1947. Evensong, the novel is published. Evensong, the play, opens in London on June 30th.

1933

1933

When the Crash Comes, a play by Nichols, opens in London. Puck at Brighton,a tourists 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

1934

A Village in a Valley, a novel about gardening is published. A Book of Old Ballads, a literary research is published. Evensong, the film, opens.

1935

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

1936

Purchased house at One Ellerdale Close, Hampstead. The Fool Hath Said, a religious novel is published. No Place Like Home, a collection of travel writings is published.

1937

1937

Floodlight, a musical revue by BN, opened in London. Thatch Cottage in Glatton is put up for sale in September, mostly due to the loss of a £3000 investment in Floodlight – bought by the Hollingsworths of Blackpool. Mesmer, a play by Nichols is published.

1938

Mesmer, the play, 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 escape London during the war.

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 commentary, is published.

1945

1945

Purchases Merry Hall in Ashtead, Surrey. Sells house at One Ellerdale Close, Hampstead. The Tree That Sat Down, a children’s novel, is published.  

1946

1946

Begins writing weekly column for Woman’s Own. Continued through 1967.

1948

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 by Nichols is published. Yours Sincerely, a collections of magazine articles, is published.

1950

1950

The Mountain of Magic, a children’s novel is published. Uncle Samson, a political book, is published.

1951

1951

Merry Hall, a novel about gardening, is published.

1952

1952

A Pilgrim’s Progress, a religious novel, is published. Attends Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation as one of the few newspaper reporters granted access. Commemorative booklet Queen’s Coronation Day in 1953 is published.

1953

1953

Laughter on the Stairs, a novel about gardening is published. Evensong, is produced for TV as a musical.

1954

1954

No Man’s Street, a mystery is published. Shadow of the Vine, a play by Nichols’, opens in London.

1955

The Moonflower, a mystery is published. Beverley Nichols’ Cat Book a collection of cat photographs is published.

1956

1956

Sunlight on the Lawn, a novel about gardening, is published. Death to Slow Music, a mystery, is published. Merry Hall is sold. Nichols’ 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 Ave, Hampstead.

1957

The Rich Die Hard, a mystery, is published.

1958

Purchases Sudbrook Cottage, Ham, Surrey in the Summer. Shadow of the Vine, is produced for television. The Sweet and Twenties, an autobiography is published.

1960

1960

Murder by Request, a mystery is published. Beverley Nichols’ Cats A.B.C. is published.

1961

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

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

1969

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

1971

1971

The Wickedest Witch in the World, a children’s novel is published. Gift of a Garden, a condensed version of the “Allways Chronicles” also known as the “Glatton 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

1974

Down the Kitchen Sink, an autobiography, is published.

1977

Beverley Nichols’ Cats A to Z a compilation of the previous Cats books into one volume is published.

1978

The Unforgiving Minute, an autobiography is published.

1982

Twilight, a collection of poems, is published.

1983

Fiftieth anniversary edition of Down the Garden Path published with new preface by Beverley Nichols.

1983

1983

Beverley Nichols dies from complication due to a fall on 15th September. His  funeral service was held at St Andrews’ Church on Ham Common and he was cremated at Mortlake Crematorium. His ashes were later scattered in the grounds of St Nicholas’ Churchyard in Glatton where he was finally laid to rest within sight of his beloved Tudor cottage now known as “Allways”.

The Parish of Glatton

The Fenland Trust

Sawtry History Society

Penguin Random House