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Slide Rule

by Nevil Shute

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Nevil Shute was a pioneer in the world of flying long before he began to write the stories that made him a bestselling novelist. This autobiography charts Shute’s path from childhood to his career as a gifted aeronautical engineer working at the forefront of the technological experimentation of the 1920s and 30s. The inspiration for many of the themes and concerns of Shutes novels can be found in this enjoyable and enlightening memoir.

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ISBN-13: 9780307474186
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: Vintage International
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 338,740
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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Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Of major interest to people curious about the interwar history of Airplane design in England, it also has some interesting points about growing up in Britain and Ireland before and during world war I, including an adventure during his easter holidays in 1916 where he became a volunteer stretcher-bearer during the 1916 rising in Dublin.
cg43 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this memoir of the British author's childhood and early adult life, when he worked as an engineer in the British aviation industry. The book was written in the 1950s and reflects upon his life up to about 1940, with some asides about his work for the Admiralty during the Second World War. During the 1920s Nevil Shute mainly worked on a British dirigible, the R100. This lighter-than-air craft made a successsful jouney to Canada. In the 1930s Shute was involved in founding an aviation company, Oxford Airspeed. One of its models was used as a training craft during the Second World War. Shute reflects on the trials that beset an entrepeneur, especially on the difficulty of raising venture capital.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a thoroughly good read especially if you are interested in early aviation or ethical business practice