Beverley Nichols Chronology 1898-1983
(with grateful thanks to Roy C Dicks)
Sept 9th- John Beverley Nichols born at The Woods, Bower Ashton, Bristol, England. Parents – John and Pauline (two older brothers Alan and Paul).
Inducted into the Labour Corps, a non-combat Army division.
Invited on an academic junket to America with a Cambridge contingent – met with President Wilson and visited many US cities.
Entered Oxford – became editor of The Isis and started a new magazine, the Oxford Outlook; had article published in the New York Post.
Prelude, a novel is published. Elected president of the Oxford Union, graduates with a BA.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Melodies and Memories published (autobiography of Melba ghostwritten by Beverley Nichols).
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.
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.
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.
The Stag, a play by Nichols, opens in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Does Your Garden Grow?, a collection of radio talks, is published.
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.
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.
Mesmer, the play, is produced in London. News of England, a political book is published.
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.
Men Do Not Weep, a collection of short stories, is published. Sells Butcher’s Barn and moves back into Ellersdale Close.
Verdict on India, a political commentary, is published.
Purchases Merry Hall in Ashtead, Surrey. Sells house at One Ellerdale Close, Hampstead. The Tree That Sat Down, a children’s novel, is published.
Begins writing weekly column for Woman’s Own. Continued through 1967.
The Stream That Stood Still, a children’s novel, is published.
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.
The Mountain of Magic, a children’s novel is published. Uncle Samson, a political book, is published.
Merry Hall, a novel about gardening, is published.
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.
Laughter on the Stairs, a novel about gardening is published. Evensong, is produced for TV as a musical.
No Man’s Street, a mystery is published. Shadow of the Vine, a play by Nichols’, opens in London.
The Moonflower, a mystery is published. Beverley Nichols’ Cat Book a collection of cat photographs is published.
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.
The Rich Die Hard, a mystery, is published.
Purchases Sudbrook Cottage, Ham, Surrey in the Summer. Shadow of the Vine, is produced for television. The Sweet and Twenties, an autobiography is published.
Murder by Request, a mystery is published. Beverley Nichols’ Cats A.B.C. is published.
Beverley Nichols’ Cats X.Y.Z. is published.
Garden Open Today, a novel about gardening is published.
Forty Favorite Flowers, a book about gardening is published.
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.
Art of Flower Arrangement, a book on garden writing is published.
Garden Open Tomorrow, a novel about gardening is published.
The Sun in My Eyes, a travel book is published.
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.
Gift of a Home, a condensed version of the Merry Hall trilogy, is published. Father Figure, an autobiography, is published.
Down the Kitchen Sink, an autobiography, is published.
Beverley Nichols’ Cats A to Z a compilation of the previous Cats books into one volume is published.
The Unforgiving Minute, an autobiography is published.
Twilight, a collection of poems, is published.
Fiftieth anniversary edition of Down the Garden Path published with new preface by Beverley Nichols.
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”.