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This spy thriller finds Malcolm Stevenson, a wealthy, middle-aged shipbuilder, embroiled in an international Communist conspiracy. Smuggling guns into England, he gets caught up in politics and alien ideologies. In time he becomes more concerned with his lone quest for the truth
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Nevil Shute Norway was born in London and worked as an aeronautical engineer at Vickers before setting up his own airship company. Worried that his reputation as a fiction writer would damage his engineering career, he wrote without using his surname. He served in both world wars and was a commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in World War II, working on secret projects. After the war he became a full time author completing a fictionalised account of his war time experience in 'Most Secret'. Moving to Australia in 1949 he based seven of his novels against that background including his most successful title On The Beach. This was subsequently a hugely successful film starring Gregory Peck, Antony Perkins and Ava Gardner and became arguably the major after the bomb movie of all time. Shute became one of the top selling authors of the 50s and 60s with wide appeal to a broad international market attracted by strong story lines which were always meticulously researched..Review:
"The English novel's only down-to-earth romantic... there is a quality of golden light that hangs over his books. That comes, I think, from his sense of order and from his own vast, undemonstrative solicitude" -- John Ezard * Guardian * "A first-class storyteller, and his narrative is extraordinarily convincing" -- J. B. Priestley
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Book Description House of Stratus Ltd, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1842322613
Book Description House of Stratus Ltd, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111842322613