Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy birthday, Nevil Shute.

Aeronautical engineer and novelist Nevil Shute was born today in Ealing in 1899. His works include the apocalyptic On the Beach (1957); his prophetic warning about the dangers of metal fatigue in planes, No Highway (1948; film 1951); and the World War II-era love story A Town Like Alice (1950), made into a solid miniseries with Helen Morse and Bryan Brown.

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