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Nevil Shute (1899–1960)

Autor(a) de On the Beach

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About the Author

Nevil Shute Norway was born in Ealing, London, England, on January, 17 1899. At the age of 11, Norway played truant from his first preparatory school in Hammersmith. After he was discovered, he was sent to the Dragon School, Oxford, and from there to Shrewsbury. He was on holiday in Dublin at the mostrar mais time of the Easter rising of 1916 and acted as an ambulance driver, winning a commendation for gallant conduct. He then entered the Royal Military Academy, intending to be commissioned into the Royal Flying Corps, but a bad stammer led to his being failed at his final medical examination and returned to civil life. The last few months of the war were spent on home service as a private in the Suffolk Regiment. In 1919, Norway went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a third class honors course in engineering science in 1922. During the vacations he worked, unpaid, as an aeronautical engineer, for the Aircraft Manufacturing Company at Hendon, and then for Geoffrey de Havilland's own firm, which he joined as an employee upon finishing at Oxford. He learned to fly and gained experience as a test observer. During the evenings he diligently wrote novels and short stories unperturbed by rejection slips from publishers. In 1924 Norway took the post of Chief Calculator to the Airship Guarantee Company, to work on the construction of the R100. In 1929 he became Deputy Chief Engineer under Barnes Wallis, and in the following year he flew to and from Canada in the R100. After the end of the airship project, jobs were hard to come by due to the depression so Shute started an aircraft manufacturing company, Airspeed Limited. This company was ultimately successful and built a large number of aircraft during the war. Shute remained joint managing director until 1938. When the business became too routine, he decided to get out of the rut and live by writing. The de Havillands, the first aviation job Shute had ever had, wound up buying Airspeed Ltd. He had by then enjoyed some success as a novelist and had sold the film rights of Lonely Road and Ruined City. At the outbreak of war in 1939, Norway joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Miscellaneous Weapons Department. Rising to Lieutenant Commander, he found experimenting with secret weapons a job after his own heart. But he found that his growing celebrity as a writer caused him to be in the Normandy landings on 6th June 1944, for the Ministry of Information, and to be sent to Burma as a correspondent in 1945. He entered Rangoon with the 15th Corps from Arakan. Soon after demobilisation in 1945 he emigrated to Australia and made his home in Langwarrin, Victoria. His output of novels, which began with Marazan (1926) continued to the end. Shute was one of the leading aeronautical engineers in Britain during the 30's and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. When he began writing in the 20's, he feared that a reputation as a writer of fiction might harm his engineering career. For this reason he published under his two Christian names, Nevil Shute and engineered under his "real" name, Nevil S. Norway. Nevil Shute Norway died in Melbourne on January, 12 1960. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Nevil Shute

On the Beach (1957) 4,880 exemplares
A Town Like Alice (1950) 3,738 exemplares
Trustee from the Toolroom (1960) 894 exemplares
Pied Piper (1942) 881 exemplares
No Highway (1948) 590 exemplares
Pastoral (1944) 584 exemplares
The Far Country (1952) 578 exemplares
The Chequer Board (1947) 548 exemplares
Requiem for a Wren (1955) 542 exemplares
Round the Bend (1951) 497 exemplares
In the Wet (1953) 446 exemplares
An Old Captivity (1940) 444 exemplares
Most Secret (1945) 429 exemplares
The Rainbow and the Rose (1958) 391 exemplares
Slide Rule (1954) 360 exemplares
Landfall (1940) 335 exemplares
Beyond the Black Stump (1956) 326 exemplares
What Happened to the Corbetts (1939) 313 exemplares
Ruined City (1938) 298 exemplares
So Disdained (1928) 278 exemplares
Marazan (1926) 268 exemplares
Lonely Road (1932) 253 exemplares
Stephen Morris (1961) 191 exemplares
On the Beach (abridged) (1972) 70 exemplares
A Town Like Alice (New Windmills) (1958) 44 exemplares
Vinland the Good (1946) 37 exemplares
The Seafarers (2002) 14 exemplares
Ruined City / Landfall (1968) 10 exemplares
A Town Like Alice 4 exemplares
See List 2 exemplares
Formynderen 2 (1988) 1 exemplar
Formynderen 1 1 exemplar
A Town Like Alice [abridged] (1992) — Autor — 1 exemplar
Most Secret AND The Legacy (1966) 1 exemplar
Förmyndaren 1 exemplar
Pasos de mujer 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Secret Weapons of World War II (1956) — Prefácio, algumas edições81 exemplares
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two (2017) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
Once is enough (1959) — Prefácio, algumas edições67 exemplares
On the Beach [1959 film] (1959) — Original book — 46 exemplares
A Town like Alice [1981 TV mini series] (1958) — Original novel — 42 exemplares
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1976 v01 (1976) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Great World War II Stories: 50th Anniversary Collection (1989) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
A Town Like Alice [1956 film] (1956) — Original book — 24 exemplares
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1960 v03 (1960) — Autor — 20 exemplares
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1959 v01 (1959) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
On the Beach [2000 film] — Original book — 9 exemplares
The Far Country [1987 miniseries] (1987) — Original book — 4 exemplares
Pied Piper [1942 film] — Original book — 2 exemplares


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January 2022: Nevil Shute em Monthly Author Reads (Junho 2022)


Superbly understated - beautifully drawn characters. I absolutely love this author!
silva_44 | 176 outras críticas | Apr 12, 2024 |
It's rare for me to give a book five stars, but this book is an absolute gem. The prose is lovely without being overdone, the plot is engrossing, and the characters were finely drawn. I can't wait to read every book Nevil Shute ever wrote, and will consider it an honor to do so.
silva_44 | 138 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |
What a beautifully written novel inspired in part by a real event during the Japanese occupation of Sumatra during World War II (which I learned in the Author’s Note at the end)! The story itself was compelling — I barely took a break all of New Year’s Day as I devoured it. The central characters were well drawn. Given this novel was published in 1950, I was surprised and pleased that the female protagonist, Jean Paget, was portrayed as a strong, competent, savvy, visionary woman, who endured and rose above the deplorable conditions of her captivity during WWII in Malaysia and whose later unexpected inherited wealth comes full circle from Australia to Scotland and England back to Australia. The story is told from the perspective of Noel Strachan, one of the trustees of the trust for Miss Paget’s benefit, a London solicitor, who is also an interesting character. Thrilled to have started my 2023 reading journey on this high note.… (mais)
bschweiger | 138 outras críticas | Feb 4, 2024 |
Nevil Shute was an Englishman who left Britain for Australia. He was an aeronautical engineer who turned to novel writing, novels with settings in the air world. So, when he came to write an apocalyptic novel, it was quite authorative from a technical point of view. The life of an Australian community as it awaits the arrival of what will probably be totally fatal clouds of nuclear fallout is quite well done.
DinadansFriend | 176 outras críticas | Jan 27, 2024 |


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