On The Beach

On The Beach

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After the war is over, a radioactive cloud begins to sweep southwards on the winds, gradually poisoning everything in its path. An American submarine captain is among the survivors left sheltering in Australia, preparing with the locals for the inevitable. Despite his memories of his wife, he becomes close to a young woman struggling to accept the harsh realities of their situation. Then a faint Morse code signal is picked up, transmitting from the United States and the submarine must set sail through the bleak ocean to search for signs of life.

On the Beach is Nevil Shute's most powerful novel. Both gripping and intensely moving, its impact is unforgettable.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 223g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780099530251
  • 85,264

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Timely and ironic..an indelibly sad ending that leaves you tearful and disturbed
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Shute's most considerable achievement * Daily Telegraph * The most evocative novel on the aftermath of a nuclear war * The Times * Fictions such as On the Beach played an important role in raising awareness about the threat of nuclear war. We stared into the abyss and then stepped back from the brink * Guardian * Still incredibly moving after nearly half a century * Economist * Timely and ironic..an indelibly sad ending that leaves you tearful and disturbed * Los Angeles Times *
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About Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute 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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38,889 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 32% (12,613)
4 39% (15,089)
3 22% (8,431)
2 5% (2,101)
1 2% (655)

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One of the greatest Shute Novels. Luckily the scenario he portrayed has not become reality, unlike so many of the predictions he made in his other novels. I am huge fan of Shute and have read On The Beach several times. If you haven't read any of his work - this is a good place to start.show more
by Will Jones
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