On the Beach

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Ballantine, 1957 - Fiction - 278 pages
18 Reviews
"The most shocking fiction I have read in years. What is shocking about it is both the idea and the sheer imaginative brilliance with which Mr. Shute brings it off."
They are the last generation, the innocent victims of an accidental war, living out their last days, making do with what they have, hoping for a miracle. As the deadly rain moves ever closer, the world as we know it winds toward an inevitable end....

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The author's writing was very unimaginative and rote. - Goodreads
Shute is a very good writer. - Goodreads
An entire society is in denial about the world ending. - Goodreads
He also tips a hefty info-dump in early on. - Goodreads
There was little of interest in the plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Roz Morris - Goodreads

I wish I'd written this. What a simple, powerful idea. The writing style is much less poetic than many of the books I've been moved to review here, but it perfectly suits the idea. Perhaps the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hanneke - Goodreads

This is definitely one of the silliest books I ever read. That's precisely why I kept reading! Imagine, you are living in a post-apocalyptic world and you are on the south coast of Australia where the ... Read full review

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About the author (1957)

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).

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