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Nevil Shute Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Marazan (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Disdained / The Mysterious Aviator (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lonely Road (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruined City / Kindling (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Happened to the Corbetts / Ordeal (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Old Captivity (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Landfall (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pied Piper (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pastoral (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Most Secret (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vinland the Good (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chequer Board (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Highway (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Town Like Alice / The Legacy (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Round the Bend (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Far Country (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Wet (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slide Rule (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Requiem for a Wren / The Breaking Wave (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Black Stump (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Beach (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rainbow and the Rose (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trustee from the Toolroom (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stephen Morris (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Anthologies

Great World War II Stories(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

An English novelist who later spent much of his time in Australia, the author Nevil Shute Norway, or simply Nevil Shute as he went by his pen-name, was primarily known for his books that tackled everyday issues such as work, race and social-barriers. With a clear and easy to read style, he was known for his direct and straightforward approach that immediately engaged the reader jumping right off the page. Not only that, but he also had a highly successful aeronautical career as an engineer, something which he balanced alongside his work as a writer, something which his pseudonym helped with as the two didn’t overlap.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1899 on the 17th of January on Somerset Road, Nevil Shute was brought up in Ealing, London in the United Kingdom. With the full name of Nevil Shute Norway, Nevil Shute being just his pen-name, he was take in the world around him growing up, building upon his experiences and ideas. All of this would then later feed back into his work, informing him as a writer, as he worked on his passion for both literature and writing.

Educated at the Dragon School, the Shrewsbury School, followed by the Balliol College in Oxford, Shute got a long and extensive education. Graduating from Oxford in 1922 finally with a third-class degree based in engineering science, he went onto serve in the army as a soldier. Attending the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, he tried to get a place in the Royal Flying Corps, but couldn’t due to his stammer, ending up as a soldier instead.

Spending a large portion of the first world war, or ‘Great War’, on the ground as a soldier in the Suffolk Regiment, he saw a lot of action. During this time he would also manage to maintain his keen interest in writing, creating the style and tone for which he’d become famous for in the future. After this he went on to get a career working in aviation, operating as an aeronautical engineer for the De Havilland Aircraft Company.

Later in 1931 on on the 7th of March, he married Frances Mary Heaton, with whom he had two daughters; Shirley and Heather. Moving to Australia later on he continued working as an aeronautical engineer, whilst also maintaining his career as a writer in his spare time. Dying on the 12th of January, 1960, at the age of sixty, he left behind a long and impressive legacy that still lives on to this very day.

Writing Career

With his first novel, Stephen Morris, being originally written in 1923, it wasn’t until 1961 it was actually published and, by then, his literary career was already well underway. Known for his straightforward and simple style, he was able to write in a manner that was extremely direct for the reader, making his works highly accessible and readable. Focusing on the plights of the working classes mainly, he was interested in the ethos of good solid labor and how it was good for the individual, with physical work being a dignified pursuit in his eyes.

Class was something that he’d come back to time and time again, as it became a somewhat recurring theme of his throughout all his novels. Seeking to take down social barriers, his aim was to look at the interpersonal lives of his typically middle class protagonists, and the class based obstacles that they must overcome. Over time this would start to become his own personal brand as his career progressed, with his own unique style becoming more and more prominent throughout, a cultural impact that continues even now and on into the foreseeable future for some time yet.
So Disdained

Initially published in 1928, this is one of the earlier pieces from Nevil Shute as a writer, offering a glimpse into where he’s come from and how he’s progressed as an author. Setting up and establishing a lot of his themes, it provides the ideal entry point into his writing, as readers can see how he came to craft both his style and tone. The story itself is also extremely well crafted, providing an in-depth and well researched tale of loyalty and what friendship means.

Set in Sussex as it begins its story on a cold and rainy night, this particular thriller follows its protagonist Peter Moran as he’s first introduced driving through the countryside. Coming across a pedestrian who’s bedraggled by the rain and cold, he decides to give him a lift, but in doing so learns that it’s one of his old friends from the Royal Flying Corps. The only issue is that is old comrade requires some help, help after having acted potentially treasonably, something which leaves Moran at something of crossroads, as he finds he has a difficult decision to make. Will he help his old friend in this time of need? Who is he and what could he have done to find himself this way? Can he ever get over being so disdained?
Most Secret

First brought out in 1945, this was later re-released through the the House of Stratus publishing label in 2002 on the 1st of July, as it was one of the titles written during the middle of his writing career. Featuring common themes of his once again, this is a must for anybody hoping to get to the heart of his material, as it contains all his big ideas, along with writing it at the peak of his career. With both its style and its tone, it has everything that his audience had now come to expect from his work, whilst also offering something new to keep people engaged too.

Set out in the ocean this time, this follows a small fishing boat packed with French fisherman and British army officers all packed together on the ‘Genevieve’ during the Second World War. With only a flamethrower and a small collection of arms, they plan about taking on the German army following the fall of France to the occupying forces. They then proceed to set about their dangerous commando mission despite the insurmountable and highly dangerous odds that are stacked against them. Will they be able to complete their mission? Can they stay alive long enough to do so? What will become of them as they conceal a mission that’s most secret?

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4 Responses to “Nevil Shute”

  1. Sue: 6 months ago

    You don’t mention a moment in time lovely book read it six times

    • Graeme: 6 months ago

      Do you have the right author? I can’t seem to see any books by him with that name. If there is one could you link me to it

  2. Jane Carter: 2 years ago

    I am going thru book collections that our family has obtained over the years. And am working on Nevil Shute’s now. My uncle was in WW1 and had some connection with Shute. Something to do with Australia and airplanes, but my brother and just cannot remember what it was.
    But we have almost every book he ever wrote, and plan on re-reading them now that we are old.
    A wonderful author!
    The 2 we dont have are “Stephen Morris” and “Vineland the Good”

  3. Jane Horn: 3 years ago

    I was sure that I read A town Like Alice in 3 parts, starting in Malaya. My uncle was an Oxford graduate, and I wonder if through the Oxford connection, he had obtained earlier versions of the eventual book. I always thought it was originally a trilogy. I find no record of it being a trilogy. I would have started reading it in 1952 at my uncle’s home. I was 14 and was thoroughly engrossed with all parts of the story.


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