Nevil Shute Norway (17 January 1899 - 12 January 1960) was a popular British-Australian novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons, but after the conflict he continued to write and settled in Australia where he lived until his death on 12 January 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), No Highway (1948), A Town Like Alice (1950) and On the Beach (1957).
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"Shute is an honest, exciting adventure writer who blends narrative gift with a fine power of description." (John Betjeman)
"That shattering, unaffected, literary style of his is wholly deceptive...is, in fact, masterly." (H.E. Bates)
I really enjoy a Nevil Shute book - no gratuitous bad language or sex - just a good story.
In this one a priest delirious from an attack of malaria sits with a dying man in 1950's Australia. The priest 'dreams' and the old man babbles his life story. Somehow the story becomes a futuristic England around 1980/90 - not as we know it, but as the author imagines it might be.
An interesting and easy listen narrated perfectly by Gary Waldhorn.
I last read this book about 40 years ago and then the story was set in the future.
Also I have now visited Australia during "The Wet" and have a picture in my mind that was not there before.
Now the future has happened and it is interesting to compare his predictions against current history.
He still remains a master story teller and the narrator of this book is superb.
An excellent book I could not stop listening. Though it was written over fifty years ago some of it is life like today. A truly good read and I would recommend it to anyone
"not Shute's best, but still worth reading"
This is my 9th Shute audiobook, and most have been excellent reads. This is worth reading, with reservations: First, you know the racial slur that rhymes with bigger? Most of the book is a tale about a person whose name is that slur, and he's ok with it and tells people to call him that, so you hear that word more than you've ever heard it before, and that detracts from the story.
Second, the tale is partly about political relations between England and Australia, and to me it was pretty far-fetched.
I'll probably listen to the rest of Shute's audiobooks but hope to get them on sale.
Thought provoking view of what might occur in the future in a struggle between the British parliment and the monarchy--from the perspective of a reluctant witness.
"I could not finish this because of the N-word!!!"
I realize that this book was written in the 1950's, but that is no excuse in my opinion. The protagonist nickname is the N-word, and worth part about it is that he has no problem being called the N-word. Just wish Mr. Shute or his editor had had to intelligence to realize that this subtle racism is not ok.
I am currently listening to "The Doom" by Stephen King.
He did a good job with this subpar material.
The protagonist whose nickname is the N-word.
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