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Nevil Shute
Nevil Shute Norway was born in 1899 in Ealing, London. He studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. Following his childhood passion, he entered the fledgling aircraft industry as an aeronautical engineer working to develop airships and, later, airplanes. In his spare time he began... show more



Nevil Shute Norway was born in 1899 in Ealing, London. He studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. Following his childhood passion, he entered the fledgling aircraft industry as an aeronautical engineer working to develop airships and, later, airplanes. In his spare time he began writing and he published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926, using the name Nevil Shute to protect his engineering career. In 1931 he married Frances Mary Heaton and they had two daughters. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons. After the war he continued to write and settled in Australia where he lived until his death in 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), A Town Like Alice (1950), and On the Beach (1957).Photo by w:Australian Women's Weekly [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it 2 years ago
Once again, the gentlemen over at Valancourt Books knocked their anthology out of the park-maybe even out of the state! Last year's Volume 1, (click to read my review), was outstanding and Volume 2 is as well. My favorites of this volume are as follows: Stephen Gregory's never before published: "T...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it 2 years ago
I have always rather liked Nevil Shute. This is my least favorite of the dozen or so books of his that I've read. Part of it is the weird polemics. Part of it is the clumsy way Shute went back and forth between the two, intertwined story lines. So, we begin with a 60-something Church of England cler...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it 3 years ago
‘Oh my word.' What a confused book. A Town Like Alice has been such an intriguing read. The writing had an easy flow to it and the story was certainly gripping, even though this decidedly is a book of two halves. The first half deals with the history of Jean Paget, in which we follow her to Malaya...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it 3 years ago
This is another of Nevil Shute's novels set in England during World War II. It's a period of time that fascinates me. Times were terrible, but somehow the British muddled through and eventually entered a new era in which they could once again thrive. The plot is a bit more convoluted than most other...
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion rated it 3 years ago
Here's an Australian novel by the very popular English-born author Nevil Shute, a classic first published in 1950 and never out of print since. A Town Like Alice is the story of a young Englishwoman who inherits the small estate of an old uncle whom she hardly knew, even though in trust until her ...
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