Through a series of mishaps, Henry Warren, a recently divorced City financier, ends up in hospital in a Northern town ruined by the closure of its shipyard. Moved by the fate of the town's inhabitants, Warren risks his fortune and reputation to save the shipyard and restore the town to its former prosperity. In seeking to change the fate of the town, he radically changes his own.
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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“Immensely readable” (Guardian)
“Not only a brilliant fluent storyteller but also an ironic commentator on the world scene” (Harpers & Queen)
“There is little that Shute does not know about choosing an appealing story and telling it in a gripping way” (The Times)
Totally satisfying novel of one man going to extraordinary lengths to resurrect a dying town. Few writers capture the indomitable human spirit as does Nevil Shute. I've read many of his books and this is one of his best. The narrator is also perfect for the book.
"Fascinating, throroughly engaging and enjoyable"
This is a really good story, despite (or maybe because) it is set in the early 1930s, as the country is beset with the effects of the great depression. It evokes a world which is both strange and distant, as well having some resonance with things that are going on today. The characters and landscapes are rich. The narrative is excellent and the plot is both unusual and heartwarming. Finally, Gareth Armstrong reads the book with assured style and fluency.
This is my first time with Nevil Shute and I'm glad I went with it and persevered. The begining was a little dry but I was soon engrossed in the story and the characters. And what a different story for me. It's a little short but I liked the pictures painted of the lives and times - grim times too for the out of work men & women but it shows not to loose all hope, ever.
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