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Nevil Shute (1899–1960)

Auteur de Le dernier rivage

54+ oeuvres 18,521 utilisateurs 647 critiques 73 Favoris

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Nevil Shute Norway was born in Ealing, London, England, on January, 17 1899. At the age of 11, Norway played truant from his first preparatory school in Hammersmith. After he was discovered, he was sent to the Dragon School, Oxford, and from there to Shrewsbury. He was on holiday in Dublin at the afficher plus time of the Easter rising of 1916 and acted as an ambulance driver, winning a commendation for gallant conduct. He then entered the Royal Military Academy, intending to be commissioned into the Royal Flying Corps, but a bad stammer led to his being failed at his final medical examination and returned to civil life. The last few months of the war were spent on home service as a private in the Suffolk Regiment. In 1919, Norway went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a third class honors course in engineering science in 1922. During the vacations he worked, unpaid, as an aeronautical engineer, for the Aircraft Manufacturing Company at Hendon, and then for Geoffrey de Havilland's own firm, which he joined as an employee upon finishing at Oxford. He learned to fly and gained experience as a test observer. During the evenings he diligently wrote novels and short stories unperturbed by rejection slips from publishers. In 1924 Norway took the post of Chief Calculator to the Airship Guarantee Company, to work on the construction of the R100. In 1929 he became Deputy Chief Engineer under Barnes Wallis, and in the following year he flew to and from Canada in the R100. After the end of the airship project, jobs were hard to come by due to the depression so Shute started an aircraft manufacturing company, Airspeed Limited. This company was ultimately successful and built a large number of aircraft during the war. Shute remained joint managing director until 1938. When the business became too routine, he decided to get out of the rut and live by writing. The de Havillands, the first aviation job Shute had ever had, wound up buying Airspeed Ltd. He had by then enjoyed some success as a novelist and had sold the film rights of Lonely Road and Ruined City. At the outbreak of war in 1939, Norway joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Miscellaneous Weapons Department. Rising to Lieutenant Commander, he found experimenting with secret weapons a job after his own heart. But he found that his growing celebrity as a writer caused him to be in the Normandy landings on 6th June 1944, for the Ministry of Information, and to be sent to Burma as a correspondent in 1945. He entered Rangoon with the 15th Corps from Arakan. Soon after demobilisation in 1945 he emigrated to Australia and made his home in Langwarrin, Victoria. His output of novels, which began with Marazan (1926) continued to the end. Shute was one of the leading aeronautical engineers in Britain during the 30's and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. When he began writing in the 20's, he feared that a reputation as a writer of fiction might harm his engineering career. For this reason he published under his two Christian names, Nevil Shute and engineered under his "real" name, Nevil S. Norway. Nevil Shute Norway died in Melbourne on January, 12 1960. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins
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Œuvres de Nevil Shute

Le dernier rivage (1957) 4,903 exemplaires
Le testament (1950) 3,765 exemplaires
Trustee from the Toolroom (1960) 900 exemplaires
Pied Piper (1942) 888 exemplaires
No Highway (1948) 594 exemplaires
Pastoral (1944) 585 exemplaires
The Far Country (1952) 581 exemplaires
The Chequer Board (1947) 551 exemplaires
Requiem for a Wren (1955) 543 exemplaires
Round the Bend (1951) 500 exemplaires
Old Captivity (1940) 448 exemplaires
In the Wet (1953) 448 exemplaires
Most Secret (1945) 432 exemplaires
The Rainbow and the Rose (1958) 392 exemplaires
Slide Rule (1954) 366 exemplaires
Landfall (1940) 337 exemplaires
Beyond the Black Stump (1956) 331 exemplaires
What Happened to the Corbetts (1939) 315 exemplaires
Ruined City (1938) 299 exemplaires
So Disdained (1928) 279 exemplaires
Marazan (1926) 270 exemplaires
Lonely Road (1932) 254 exemplaires
Stephen Morris (1961) 190 exemplaires
On the Beach (abridged) (1972) 70 exemplaires
A Town Like Alice (New Windmills) (1958) 44 exemplaires
Vinland the Good (1946) 37 exemplaires
The Seafarers (2002) 14 exemplaires
Ruined City / Landfall (1968) 10 exemplaires
See List 2 exemplaires
Formynderen 2 (1988) 1 exemplaire
Formynderen 1 1 exemplaire
Most Secret AND The Legacy (1966) 1 exemplaire
Förmyndaren 1 exemplaire
Pasos de mujer 1 exemplaire
Utan ©Æterv©Þndo 1 exemplaire

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A Town like Alice [1981 TV mini series] (1958) — Original novel — 42 exemplaires
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Great World War II Stories: 50th Anniversary Collection (1989) — Contributeur — 29 exemplaires
A Town Like Alice [1956 film] (1956) — Original book — 24 exemplaires
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1960 v03 (1960) — Auteur — 20 exemplaires
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On the Beach [2000 film] — Original book — 9 exemplaires
The Far Country [1987 miniseries] (1987) — Original book — 4 exemplaires
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January 2022: Nevil Shute à Monthly Author Reads (Juin 2022)


On the Beach se déroule en Australie, sur le seul continent qui n’a pas encore été affecté par la guerre nucléaire qui domine l’hémisphère nord de la planète terre, mais qui va bientôt ressentir les effets nocifs et inattendus de cette catastrophe mondiale. L’auteur Nevil Shute nous développe des personnages complexes et désespérés, qui vivent un bouleversement soudain dans leur vie commune de tous les jours, en ne trouvant aucun moyen de ressortir de cette situation.
Taleen6344a18 | 176 autres critiques | Dec 11, 2018 |
Un an auparavant, la Troisième Guerre mondiale a eu lieu; cette guerre, nucléaire, a presque tout détruit sur son passage. En Australie, des survivants attendent le passage de radiations qui les tueront à coup sûr. Chacun, homme ou femme, vit différemment l’approche de cette mort imminente : alors qu’un capitaine de la marine tente de rejoindre l’Ouest américain après avoir capté un message en code morse, des survivants plantent un potager, d’autres festoient et certains pensent au suicide.… (plus d'informations)
marie-pier6344a18 | 176 autres critiques | Dec 10, 2018 |


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