Nevil Shute

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Life
1899-1961 [b. Nevil Shute Norway]; wartime aircraft designer, later novelist and author of A Town Like Alice, &c.; son of Arthur Hamilton Norway and Mary Louisa Norway, the former Postmaster General in Dublin at the time of the 1916 Rising when Nevil, aged 17, acted as a stretcher-bearer; worked as aeronautical engineer at Vickers and afterwards established his own airship company; served in WWI; Commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in World War II; worked on secret projects, later fictionalised as Most Secret (1945); emigrated to Australia, 1949; issued works incl. On the Beach (a post-A-bomb filmed successfully with Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Anthony Perkins) and A Town Like Alice (1950), a tale of love and war in Australia and Burma, his greatest romantic success.

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Works
Novels  
Ma oarazan (1926)
So Disdained (1928) - aka The Mysterious Aviator
Lonely R d (1932)
Ruined City (1938) - aka Kindling
What Happened to the Corbetts? (1939) -
aka Ordeal
Landfall (1940)
An Old Captivity (1940)
Pied Piper (1942)
Pastoral (1944)
Most Secret (1945)
Vinland the Good (1946)
The Chequer Board (1947)


No Highway (1948)
A Town Like Alice (1950) - aka The Legacy
Round the Bend (1951)
The Far Country (1952)
Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer (1954)
Requiem for a Wren (1955) - aka The Breaking Wave
Beyond the Black Stump (1956)
On the Beach (1957)
The Rainbow And the Rose (1958)
Trustee from the Toolroom (1960)
Stephen Morris (1961)
In the Wet (1969)
Source: Fantastic fiction (UK) website [link]

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Notes
Easter 1916: The memoirs of Shute père [Arthur Norway] and his mother [Mary Louisa Norway] are included in Keith Jeffrey, The GPO and the Easter Rising (IAP 2006), 208pp. [incl. The Sinn Fein Rebellion As They Saw It, IAP 1999].

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