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Description - On The Beach by Nevil Shute

After the war is over, a radioactive cloud begins to sweep southwards on the winds, gradually poisoning everything in its path. An American submarine captain is among the survivors left sheltering in Australia, preparing with the locals for the inevitable. Despite his memories of his wife, he becomes close to a young woman struggling to accept the harsh realities of their situation. Then a faint Morse code signal is picked up, transmitting from the United States and the submarine must set sail through the bleak ocean to search for signs of life.On the Beach is Nevil Shute's most powerful novel. Both gripping and intensely moving, its impact is unforgettable.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099530251
ISBN-10: 0099530252
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Vintage Classics
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute Norway was born on 17 January 1899 in Ealing, London.After attending the Dragon School and Shrewsbury School, he studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked as an aeronautical engineer and published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926. In 1931 he married Frances Mary Heaton and they went on to have two daughters. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons. After the war 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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