Beverley Nichols: A Life, Connon, Bryan. Published by Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2005. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 320 pages, over 50 black and white glossy photographs. Purple cloth boards, silver spine titles. In overall near fine condition: pastedown has three very small areas where top layer of paper is rubbed; otherwise contents in fine condition; light rubbing to tail edge of boards; unclipped dustjacket has light top edge ruffling. First published in 1991 by Constable in the U.K, the Timber Press reissue has minor revisions and expansions including photographs.
Beverley Nichols (1898–1983), “burst onto the literary scene not long after his studies at Oxford, and his versatility was impressive; his successes included novels, plays, children’s stories, biography, political commentary, and books on religion, travel, and gardening. He also composed for the musical stage and ghostwrote the autobiography of the famous singer Nellie Melba. He moved in fashionable and artistic circles where he attained a certain measure of celebrity. …. Bryan Connon has written a fascinating study of a talented man in whom, in J. W. Lambert’s phrase, a keen mind “functioned beneath the glad rags,” and whose huge and diverse literary output chronicles the events, moods, and personalities of the fascinating age in which he lived”. 002581 $30