It's a great shame that Shute-Norway never got around to writing the second part of his memoirs. 'Slide Rule', whilst covering his formative years (and a period of interstingly innocent technological progress), suffers from being cut off abruptly at 1938 and his resignation from Airspeed.
That said, his account of a youthful British aviation industry is fascinating and gives a glimpse in to the early years of powered flight, before airplanes became practical machines for long distance travel.
Like all of Shute's work, his autobiography is tightly written - sparse yet complete. This is a characteristic I have always found a little unsettling, as the style appears to be very 'English' - clipped, contained, and with more than a hint of the infamous 'stiff upper lip'.