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Lonely Road (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Nevil Shute Norway
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A rich middle-aged man finds his lonely life turned upside down when he falls in love with a pretty dance hostess and becomes involved in exposing a conspiracy to sabotage the British General Election. But his dogged pursuit of the criminals will throw his life and the lives of those he cares about into grave danger.

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"The English novel's only down-to-earth romantic... there is a quality of golden light that hangs over his books. That comes, I think, from his sense of order and from his own vast, undemonstrative solicitude" (John Ezard Guardian)

"A first-class storyteller, and his narrative is extraordinarily convincing" (J. B. Priestley)

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An ordinary man finds himself in extraordinary circumstances when his patriotic dedication endangers the life of the woman he loves

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 605 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (10 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035OC7V8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nevil Shute Norway 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and haunting 24 Feb. 2010
Nevil Shute's books seem to attract really rotten synopses from their publishers. Vintage's is marginally better than the truly terrible effort by the previous publishers (House of Stratus) but still fails to get close to why you should read this book. So let me try to do better.
This is the story of the last year or so of the life of Malcolm, a wealthy man in his late thirties who has been scarred by his experiences in WW1 (where under terrible pressure he did something so bad that it haunts his dreams) and by his string of failed realtionships with women, particularly his dearest friend and cousin Joan. As a result he is truly a man who walks the Lonely Road of the title, pushing away everyone who tries to come close. Then one evening (on a literal lonely road - which is is driving under the influence of several gallons of drink), he has what appears to be an accident which further weakens his already damaged health. It also leaves him with some strange partial memories of an encounter (possibly an attack) by the sea, which surface again when he meets a pretty girl in a nightclub. These memories link in to a police investigation relating to smuggled weapons. Persuaded by his only friend, the local chief constable, to follow up his memories and find out what the girl knows, he befriends her and invites her to stay. Against his will he finally finds a person to whom he can open up, and who can bring happiness into his life. But the girl is linked to the guns, which are linked to some very ruthless people. As Malcolm follows the plot he and his love are placed in terrible danger....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 17 Jun. 2011
By robin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This Neville Shute story is one of his best

This Vintage Classic edition is comfortable to hold and read although the paper quality is poor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re Nevil Shute 11 Jun. 2014
By JesseJ
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For me Shute was one of 20th Century's greatest storytellers and Lonely Road is up there with all that I have read so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Nevil Shute gem 27 Aug. 2013
By walter
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Gripping from beginning to end. The first chapter sets a confusing and surreal scene and it is a relief to settle down into Commander Stevenson' comfortable life of a nice business, and nice home and servants to look after him. Not for long because he meets up with a dance hall hostess with whom he falls in love and who involves him in political espionage. I could not put the book down!
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