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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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Critic Reviews

“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)

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Another Uplifting Shute Novel

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.

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Loved the story

Wish we had more authors like Nevil Shute today. Kept my head and heart engaged. I appreciated the positive ending.

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  • Ilona
  • Northridge, Ca, United States
  • 06-30-17

A wonderful story

I am a fan of Nevil Shute and the marathons usually match the stories. This narrator was impossible do me to listen to. Had to go to .75. It did drone on a bit and with the accent made some words harder but so much better than regular speed. It took longer but it was a good story.
About the only book left for me is On The Beach. I found the move so upsetting I don't think I can listen to it.
Everything about this was nice, now how often can we say that.

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  • J. S. Peet
  • 04-13-13

Ruined City

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.