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).
Pastoralby Nevil Shute
World War II pilot Peter Marshall leads the most successful bombing crew at his airbase, having survived an unusual number of extremely dangerous missions over Germany. However, when Peter falls hopelessly in love with an attractive WAAF officer—one who insists that wartime duties should take precedence over emotions—his concentration begins to suffer. Soon it looks as though his perfect run of successful missions may be at risk—along with the lives of Peter and his men—unless she can be persuaded to relent.
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A slow-starter but I loved this book and rate it as one of my top 10 ever. It's a thought-provoking tale of love and nail-biting book of action that is beautifully written with no words wasted. The bravery of the air crews is also amazing.
I read his book' on the beach 'and saw the movie when they first came out when i was a teenager.Pastoral was my favorite novel back then. . I was thrilled to find an original paperback edition years ago at a used bookstore in Ann Arbor,Mich. I would recommend both books to any teenager or adult. They are timeless and not dated.both books forecast todays present dangers and hopes.
Pastoral was boring and uninteressting book. It was the most boring book I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111