"That halcyon period started about 1910 and it was in full flower after WW I when I was a young man; it died with WW II when airplanes had grown too costly and too compli- cated for individuals to build or even to operate. I count myself lucky that that fleeting period coincided with my youth and my young manhood, and that I had a part in it."
|Publisher:||The Paper Tiger|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Nevil Shute (1899-1960) was an English novelist and aeronautical engineer who served in the British military in both world wars and spent his later years in Australia. The author of 24 published novels and novellas, his best-known books include Pied Piper, A Town Like Alice, and especially On the Beach, set in a fictional post-atomic-war Australia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Of major interest to people curious about the interwar history of Airplane design in England, it also has some interesting points about growing up in Britain and Ireland before and during world war I, including an adventure during his easter holidays in 1916 where he became a volunteer stretcher-bearer during the 1916 rising in Dublin.
I enjoyed this memoir of the British author's childhood and early adult life, when he worked as an engineer in the British aviation industry. The book was written in the 1950s and reflects upon his life up to about 1940, with some asides about his work for the Admiralty during the Second World War. During the 1920s Nevil Shute mainly worked on a British dirigible, the R100. This lighter-than-air craft made a successsful jouney to Canada. In the 1930s Shute was involved in founding an aviation company, Oxford Airspeed. One of its models was used as a training craft during the Second World War. Shute reflects on the trials that beset an entrepeneur, especially on the difficulty of raising venture capital.
This is a thoroughly good read especially if you are interested in early aviation or ethical business practice