Nevil Shute


Born
in London, England, The United Kingdom
January 17, 1899

Died
January 12, 1960

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Nevil Shute Norway was a popular British novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer.

He used Nevil Shute as his pen name, and his full name in his engineering career, in order to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels.

He lived in Australia for the ten years before his death.

Average rating: 4.06 · 113,067 ratings · 8,929 reviews · 59 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Town Like Alice

4.14 avg rating — 50,962 ratings — published 1950 — 293 editions
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On the Beach

3.95 avg rating — 36,842 ratings — published 1957 — 511 editions
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Trustee from the Toolroom

4.26 avg rating — 3,557 ratings — published 1960
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Pied Piper

4.22 avg rating — 3,514 ratings — published 1942 — 186 editions
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The Far Country

3.99 avg rating — 1,870 ratings — published 1952 — 110 editions
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Requiem for a Wren

4.02 avg rating — 1,868 ratings — published 1955 — 22 editions
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No Highway

3.95 avg rating — 1,485 ratings — published 1948 — 161 editions
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Round the Bend

4.10 avg rating — 1,312 ratings — published 1951 — 105 editions
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Pastoral

4.01 avg rating — 1,266 ratings — published 1944 — 86 editions
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The Chequer Board

4.05 avg rating — 1,099 ratings — published 1947 — 68 editions
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More books by Nevil Shute…
“You cannot argue stupidity, you just have to accept it patiently as one of those things.”
Nevil Shute, Round the Bend

“It's not the end of the world at all," he said. "It's only the end for us. The world will go on just the same, only we shan't be in it. I dare say it will get along all right without us.”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach

“She looked at him in wonder. "Do people think of me like that? I only did what anybody could have done."
"That's as it may be," he replied. "The fact is, that you did it.”
Nevil Shute, A Town Like Alice

Polls

October 2016 New School Group Read

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  34 votes, 21.5%

 
  32 votes, 20.3%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
 
  16 votes, 10.1%

1984, Neuromancer by William Gibson, 271 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.5%

1924, The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 706 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.6%

1939, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.6%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 432 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.0%

1956, The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick, 103 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.0%

1990, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, 246 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.1%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.2%

1978, Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec, 581 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

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