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"Shute was a brilliant storyteller and terrific example for any writer" Daily Express "Most of my adult life, perhaps all the worthwhile part of it, has been spent messing about with airplanes" -- Nevil Shute "Any book by Nevil Shute is a delight" Punch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nevil Shute Norway was born in London and worked as an aeronautical engineer at Vickers before setting up his own airship company. Worried that his reputation as a fiction writer would damage his engineering career, he wrote without using his surname. He served in both world wars and was a commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in World War II, working on secret projects. After the war he became a full time author completing a fictionalised account of his war time experience in 'Most Secret'. Moving to Australia in 1949 he based seven of his novels against that background including his most successful title On The Beach. This was subsequently a hugely successful film starring Gregory Peck, Antony Perkins and Ava Gardner and became arguably the major after the bomb movie of all time. Shute became one of the top selling authors of the 50s and 60s with wide appeal to a broad international market attracted by strong story lines which were always meticulously researched..See all Editorial Reviews
He writes well with insight. One thing he missed was why the economy was bad in England. War kills men, therefore the economy will always be bad after a war such as WWI. Simple. Read morePublished 20 days ago by crocodile bobbies
This book is for aviation history buffs who appreciate first hand accounts written by those who experienced them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen C.
A great read.I literally could not put it down.A very interesting character who worked on one of the twentieth centuries most unusual projects. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen K.
The history of British dirigibles rendered as an entertaining and fascinating tale, with enough intrigue to satisfy the drama hounds, and enough technical interest to keep the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul d'Orleans
An engineer's view of early commercial flight, with a cautionary tale of why private enterprise succeeds better than government sponsorship. The competition between the R. Read morePublished 9 months ago by CINDY TOBIAS
This book has three main themes - a description of interesting times, a detailed insight into airship development, and the thoughts of a man who was the true epitome of what once... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jim Clark
This is a very interesting autobiography of Neville Shute. It's particularly interesting after reading so many of his novels, enjoying his stories, the characters in his books,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Henry L. Solomon