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This is an auction for ON THE BEACH by Nevil Shute.

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"Nevil Shute Norway (1899-1960) was, as Nevil Shute, a popular novelist, as well as a successful aeronautical engineer. Many of Shute's works are adventure novels with an emphasis on technical aspects. NO HIGHWAY (1948) dramatizes events surrounding a predicted imminent structural failure in an aircraft design. Several of his novels also have an element of the supernatural, notably ROUND THE BEND (1951), which concerns a new religion developing around an aircraft mechanic. One of Shute's best-known books was among his last: ON THE BEACH (1957), set in a world slowly dying from the effects of an atomic war. Its popularity is owed in part to its adaptation as a film . . . Shute's most famous novel, ON THE BEACH, was published in 1957 and is dark in tone and devoid of his usual optimism. It is set in Australia after a nuclear war has devastated the northern hemisphere, with air circulation patterns slowly bringing the fallout to the southern hemisphere. Ostensibly about nuclear war, it is really an examination of how people choose to live and prepare for death when they have knowledge of imminent death. Shute's optimism is still present in a veiled form. The tone of the book is melancholic but not at all angry. He does not envision a violent breakdown in society, his characters do not whine, rail or riot but try their best to cope with the inevitable and to "muddle through". Published in 1957, the book played a role in influencing US public opinion towards support of the atmospheric test ban treaty . . . "

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Undated morocco-bound hardback c.1970, from the same edition as the book in the photograph.

312 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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