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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409087458
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Slide Rule




A classic adventure from the author of A Town Like Alice and On the Beach.

Nevil Shute was a power and a pioneer in the world of flying long before he began to write the stories that made him a bestselling novelist. This autobiography charts Shute’s path from childhood to his career as a gifted aeronautical engineer working at the forefront of the technological experimentation of the 1920s and 30s. The inspiration for many of the themes and concerns of Shute’s novels can be identified in this enjoyable and enlightening memoir.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409087458
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

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 Slide Rule

“Shute was a brilliant storyteller and terrific example for any writer”

Daily Express

“Most of my adult life, perhaps all the worthwhile part of it, has been spent messing about with airplanes”

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“Any book by Nevil Shute is a delight”

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