Nevil Shute Norway was born in 1899 in Ealing, London. He studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. Following his childhood passion, he entered the fledgling aircraft industry as an aeronautical engineer working to develop airships and, later, airplanes. In his spare time he began writing and he published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926, using the name Nevil Shute to protect his engineering career. In 1931 he married Frances Mary Heaton and they had 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 in 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), A Town Like Alice (1950), and On the Beach (1957).
The Far Countryby Nevil Shute
But the two of them came from quite different worlds, and it is the story of their building a life together that Nevil Shute tells in his matchless way. With warmth and understanding, and with
Jennifer fled the drab monotony of post-war London. When she landed in Australia, it was like coming home. She loved it and when she met Carl, she had every reason to stay.
But the two of them came from quite different worlds, and it is the story of their building a life together that Nevil Shute tells in his matchless way. With warmth and understanding, and with his natural affection for the people he creates, the author brings to life his characters and the pioneer country in which they live.
"New lives for old...on a fresh, vital, expanding frontier! This is the exciting background of this heartlifting novel by a master weaver of romance and adventure." (Boston Herald)
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I really couldn't believe how terrible and pointless this novel was. The beginning was so good and every sign seemed to be pointing to delightful novel, but then it all just petered out. The heroine was insipid and dull. She asked the same questions over and over and had no witty conversation whatsoever with the hero. Two whole chapters are spent on a idoitic house while the characters themselves are never fully developed. I still am amazed I finished the book. Here's some advice: stick with A Town Like Alice. In fact, I consider it amazing that A Town Like Alice is one of the best books I've ever read, and that A Far Country is one of the worst. And both are by the same Author! It's almost too incredible to believe. Ok, perhaps I'm a little dramatic, but it was a very bad book. Sorry Nevil.