Summary

It is the rainy season; a drunk and delirious old man lies dying in the Queensland bush. In his opium-hazed last hours, a priest finds his deserted shack and listens to his last words. Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man tells the story of an adventure set decades in the future, in a very different world….
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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“Shute is an honest, exciting adventure writer who blends narrative gift with a fine power of description." (John Betjeman)
"That shattering, unaffected, literary style of his is wholly deceptive...is, in fact, masterly." (H.E. Bates)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Pauline on 21-01-13

A Nice Change

I really enjoy a Nevil Shute book - no gratuitous bad language or sex - just a good story.

In this one a priest delirious from an attack of malaria sits with a dying man in 1950's Australia. The priest 'dreams' and the old man babbles his life story. Somehow the story becomes a futuristic England around 1980/90 - not as we know it, but as the author imagines it might be.

An interesting and easy listen narrated perfectly by Gary Waldhorn.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 13-04-13

Nevil Shute has worn well

I last read this book about 40 years ago and then the story was set in the future.

Also I have now visited Australia during "The Wet" and have a picture in my mind that was not there before.

Now the future has happened and it is interesting to compare his predictions against current history.

He still remains a master story teller and the narrator of this book is superb.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bond James Bond on 13-08-15

not Shute's best, but still worth reading

This is my 9th Shute audiobook, and most have been excellent reads. This is worth reading, with reservations: First, you know the racial slur that rhymes with bigger? Most of the book is a tale about a person whose name is that slur, and he's ok with it and tells people to call him that, so you hear that word more than you've ever heard it before, and that detracts from the story.
Second, the tale is partly about political relations between England and Australia, and to me it was pretty far-fetched.
I'll probably listen to the rest of Shute's audiobooks but hope to get them on sale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ronny on 09-12-12

Loved it!

Thought provoking view of what might occur in the future in a struggle between the British parliment and the monarchy--from the perspective of a reluctant witness.

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