Trustee from the Toolroom

Trustee from the Toolroom

by Nevil Shute

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Keith Stewart is a quiet and unassuming man called upon to undertake an extraordinary task. A skilled maker of miniature working models, he lives a modest life devoted to his hobby. But when his sister and her wealthy husband die in a shipwreck on a coral reef in the Pacific—while trying to smuggle out of England their entire fortune in diamonds hidden in the keel of their yacht—Keith becomes trustee for his orphaned niece. To save her from destitution he must travel halfway around the world and risk a long voyage in a small boat in inhospitable waters to recover her inheritance. In the course of his adventure-filled quest, a colorful and international cast of characters mobilize to help him, and this humble man discovers he has more friends and admirers than he could have dared to imagine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307474223
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Series: Vintage International
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 37,926
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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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Trustee from the Toolroom 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was Neville Shute's final novel, and perhaps derives much of its mood due to this. Best known for the depressing nuclear holocaust story On the Beach, Shute wrote this as a celebration of the simple pleasures in life. The protagonist Keith is an unassuming, married, but childless, middle-aged man living in suburban London (Ealing) with his working wife. He has forsaken a more lucrative engineering career in order to pursue his love of miniature modeling and a very meager income as a columnist for 'Miniature Mechanic' magazine. When his sister and brother-in-law die in a shipwreck near Tahiti, he becomes the guardian and trustee for his 10-year-old niece. Next thing you know, Keith, who has never left the country, has to find a way to make his way to a remote Pacific island to recover a box of diamonds that was on the wreck. Shute writes convincingly of the things nautical and engineering Keith encounters on his adventure. Along the way he is aided by a somewhat improbable number of people who know him from his reputation in he world of miniature mechanics. It teeters on being trite and corny, but ultimately works as a celebration of karma. Keith has been a good, selfless man, and so other good, selfless men are willing to help him--and he ends up doing what he loves. At the end of his life, Shute returned to this basic message on how to live and love life, and it works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Norway's best novel. Essential reading for model engineers and especially steam model builders.
nkmunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an interesting read exploring contrasting lifestyles and ways of working/thinking and looking at other people's lives. I loved getting to know the protagonist and the way he moves through life tackling problems CONSTRUCTIVELY is fascinating even if it feels slightly nostalgic! I loved the author's admiration for engineering and people who appreciate engineers!
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a way, this is sort of a fairy tale placed in a realistic setting. Keith Stewart, an "insignificant" little engineer who writes for a magazine devoted to model makers, sets out against almost impossible odds to rescue his niece's inheritance which was lost at sea. Along the way, many those who loved his articles and willingness to help the inexperienced¿from simple engineers on cargo ships to captains of industry¿lend a hand to make his quest a success. The story works in Shute's hands because of his talent for giving us quiet, lovable characters that engage us. It's a nice story in the best sense of the word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This must be the fifth time I have read this book, and it still kept me up late reading. Whenever I can’t find anything I want to read, I turn to Nevil Shute. Love his narrative voice, his characters, and, in this book, the detailed and absorbing descriptions. His other novels about the development of aviation following the First World War are outstanding.
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John_Gillis More than 1 year ago
Certainly in the top three of Shute's novels, and one of the most pleasurable novels in English. It features a valuer, that is, a man, who loves what he does and pursues it with vigor. Shute manages to create high adventure from the character of a man who would seem to define "not adventurous". Secondly, it is a story of great friendliness - - of a world of friends that the hero has made because of his passionate pursuit of his interests. And these friends play an important role in his adventure.
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My favorite of his books, I never understood why it wasn't adapted to film. I haven't read some of his books that are available from nook but they're too expensive to just jump into. Other titles of his I'e loved: Round The Bend, The Chequer Board, and A Town Called Alice.
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