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  • Published: 15 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099530084
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99
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Most Secret




A classic wartime adventure story

In their trusty fishing boat Genevieve, armed with a flame thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army after the fall of France in World War II. This is classic Shute: at once a thrilling adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and a heartbreaking tale of the ravages of war.

  • Pub date: 15 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099530084
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Nevil Shute Norway

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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Praise for Most Secret

“A magnificent thrill; it is also a tale of character, for every member of the little ship's company is worth meeting. A book that should not be missed”

Daily Telegraph

“Mr Shute's style is ideal for this kind of book. He revels in incident and he draws his people with loving care. Here, he's reminiscent of H. E. Bates at his best; that same ability to make you passionately interested in anything he's interested in, and to make the most outlandish happening seem credible his characters are so real”

“No other writer has brought to fiction of this type quite the same lively sympathy and warmth of imagination or left so engaging an impression of truthfulness....Mr Shute always has good things to offer...the power to convey the springs of heroic conduct in the lightest and least assuming of tones”

Times Literary Supplement

“Based around a group aboard a converted trawler in 1942, this is a grand tale of sacrifice and courage and superbly structured”

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