The Collected Works of Nevil Shute 20(23) Volumes
He wrote with a power that enthralled millions. Nevil Shute became, in his time, the most popular novelist in the world. He was born to tell stories – of life in the Australian outback and the American West, in Burma and Malaya and the towns and villages of England – stories of the courage and decency of ordinary people, of the values of the individual in an ailing world, of the power of friendship and the force of love, of drama, innocence and disaster.
‘Age, sex, class – these were matters of indifference to Nevil Shute when he wanted to portray the qualities which he believed made humanity valuable, the skills and principles, the tenacity and unself-seeking courage without which human organisation would not be possible’, writes William Buchan in his preface to this collected edition.
Nevil Shute Norway worked as an aeronautical engineer at Vickers before setting up his own airship company. He used his full name in his engineering career, and ‘Nevil Shute’ as his pen name, in order to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels. He served in both world wars and was a commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in World War II, working on secret projects. He flew his own aircraft to Australia to research On the Beach, before settling there permanently. His books are based on his own wartime and aircraft industry experiences.
A Town Like Alice
On The Beach
An Old Captivity
Round The Bend
The Far Country
Requiem For A Wren
In The Wet
Beyond The Black Stump
Trustee From The Toolroom
The Rainbow and The Rose
*What Happened To The Corbetts
*The following were also produced in Dual Title Volumes
Pastoral/What Happened To The Corbetts
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