Start reading Pied Piper (Vintage Classics) on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Pied Piper (Vintage Classics)

Pied Piper (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Nevil Shute , John Boyne
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £8.99
Kindle Price: £3.95 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £5.04 (56%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Whispersync for Voice

Now you can switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible audiobook. Learn more or scan your Kindle library to find matching professional narration for the Kindle books you already own.

Add the professional narration of Pied Piper (Vintage Classics) for a reduced price of £3.49 after you buy this Kindle book.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.95  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £6.29  
Audio, Cassette --  
Unknown Binding, Illustrated --  
Audio Download, Unabridged £16.60 or Free with 30-day free trial
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Purchase any Kindle Book sold by and receive £1 credit to try out our Digital Music Store. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Description


Mr Shute not only writes vividly and excitingly of occupied France, but with a delightful understanding of children Sunday Times A small masterpiece...a book about frail but indomitable old age, simple kindness, childhood, and courage in dark confusing danger. It is not sentimental but prosaic and suspenseful on every conjures up the country of the 1940's, and gently acclaims the value of ordinary decency in wicked times -- Libby Purves A brilliantly descriptive writer, a master of suspense -- David Holloway Exhibits his talents at their provocative best New York Times That shattering, unaffected, literary style of his is wholly, in fact, masterly -- H.E. Bates

Book Description

A classic adventure from the author of A Town Like Alice and On the Beach

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307474011
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (24 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035OC7OA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

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).

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Shute wrote this in 1942, and the story plays around spring 1940. It is very much a story of its time, and about those dark days when everything was going wrong for the French, and for the English. This was true for their countries; but also very much for individuals like 70-year old Mr Howard, on a fishing holiday in the Jura to forget a personal bereavement. I don't want to give the storyline away, but it starts small, and keeps growing; both the problems, and the solutions. It is very much a Shute book about the lone individual dealing with immense problems, and discovering unsuspecting humanity in many people. It is a sad and warm book at the same time.
For me this is not yet Shute at his peak - I think he reached that a bit later. Hence the four stars. But they are four stars only compared to some of his later books - this slightly old-fashioned story is still head and shoulders above most other novels!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph for the small man 28 May 2001
By A Customer
I first read the Pied Piper at school. It is a classic Nevil Shute - a ordinary man, placed in an extraordinary situation and making the most of it.
The story concerns a retired businessman, who after the death of his son goes to the South of France in the early part of the war. The Germany army seems far away and he spends the time fishing. However as invading troups move South he decides to return home. He is asked to take a young brother and sister, these are just the first of a number of children he acquires as be tries to return to England.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story.... 7 Jan 2005
I have just finished reading this book. I remember Nevil Shute from my school days. I thought I might find this book a bit old fashioned but gave it a go anyway. Obviously it is of its time but is a great story told in a classic way. The tension is built superbly throughout the book. Having three kids myself I was expecting the descriptions of the children and their behaviour to be weak. I was suprised at how believable it is though. He cleverly uses the children in the book and builds on the relationships between them. This is a great read and highly recommended.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Caught After All These Years! 3 Sep 2007
I first read this book as a child when, identifying with the children who could have been my compeers, I saw the movie at least five times. I loved the book then, and I love it now. The story is simply told, from the point of view of an elderly Englishman, whom we first meet in his London club during the Blitz. Too exhausted to move to a shelter, he begins to tell his tale to a stranger, who has also decided to sit out the raid, while the Luftwaffe's incendiary bombs fall closer and closer. The old man's story unfolds slowly as he tells of a fishing holiday in the Jura--the mountains that border France and Switzerland--in the early months of 1939. The story may, in fact, unfold a bit too slowly for some modern readers who have been exposed to the terse squibs that proliferate novels nowadays, but Nevil Shute is such a skillful storyteller that he draws the reader almost unawares into the narrative, rather in the manner of an expert angler reeling in his fish.

Even though I know the story well, I could not put the book down until the very end. I was, after all these years, inextricably hooked.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As readable as a book can be 13 Dec 2011
I'm guessing that those who haven't read this book, haven't read Nevil Shute before. This book is typical of Shute's middle period, in other words, just about as good as he gets. Shute wasn't a great writer, in the sense that he didn't write any classical works of great literature like, say, Arnold Bennett or Dickens. But, Shute was certainly a very good writer; virtually all his books are insightful, interesting, entertaining, and easy to read. By which, I do not mean they are kids books; just technically very good English from the point of view of readability. Shute's books are also exciting in an easy-paced manner, he was a master at building and holding tension in a way that the reader barely notices until, all of a sudden, you realise you can't put the thing down. This makes his books very easy to re-read, again and again.

The Pied Piper follows the trail of 70-year old John Howard, a retired British solicitor on holiday, through France at the outbreak of WW II. The description of the effect of their lightning defeat on the French is masterful. But the essence of the plot is Howard's attempts to get back to Britain, through increasing mayhem and failure of all the systems we take for granted, accumulating a varied collection of children on the way. There is violence in this book, obviously the setting demands it, but it is never gratuitous. Rather, the violence makes the narrative believable, enhances understanding of existing characters, and introduces new ones. Children in novels are rarely believable, largely because they are incidental to the plot and the author has forgotten childhood. Neither of these things applies to this book; not only does Shute understand children, but he knows how to make them important in themselves, characters demanding and deserving respect - a rare skill. As I write this, I've just promoted this book from 4 to 5 stars. I've never done that before!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! 24 Aug 2010
I had actually never come across the works of Nevil Shute until recently, but 'Pied Piper' makes me want to read more. The gentle but resilient character of John Howard is one of the most endearing in twentieth-century literature, and the contrast between his good deeds and the horrors of war around him creates an uplifting and optimistic view of human nature under duress.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
All good thankyou
Published 16 hours ago by jan rowsell
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story well told
wonderful story well told , found it very dificult to put down, just wanted to go on reading it. well worth bying to give to a friend .. wrinkley
Published 24 days ago by wrinkly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I had forgotten what a good writer Nevil Shute was.
Published 1 month ago by Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, have read before and will again. Beautifully written book.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. P. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This is the story of a man travelling with two children through occupied France during the war. it is one of the most memorable books I have read for a precise reason. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hfffoman
5.0 out of 5 stars A book from childhood to read with my 10 yr old
I plucked this from my Father's bookshelf at the beginning of one long, hot summer & found myself transported from my sunny back garden in a small village to the sights, sounds &... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Faithead
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Shute
This was a good read and definitely a Nevil Shute classic. I certainly found it to be quite compulsive reading.
Published 3 months ago by Moira C
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and timeless
A beautiful, heartwarming and encapsulating story about an elderly English man holidaying in France during World War II and coping with feelings of uselessness' and getting over... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming book set in France during the Second World War
I first read this book 50 years ago (I was very young !). I enjoyed it then tremendously and it did not disappoint second time around.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sue, Bristol
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I've been a Neville Shuts fan since reading "On the beach. Pied Piper did not disappoint. A good story well told. Kept me quiet for hours.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category