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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 January 1899Ealing, London, England, UK
Date of Death 12 January 1960Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Birth NameNevil Shute Norway

Mini Bio (1)

Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, England. Decided early on an aeronautical career, and went to work for the de Havilland Aircraft Company as an engineer, where he was heavily involved in the construction of the airship R100. After the disastrous loss of the R101, built by the government in direct competition with his design, he changed to aeroplane contruction, founding his own firm Airspeed Ltd in 1931. First novel, Marazan (1926) written at this time. Did secret work for British Admiralty during WWII. He still wrote in this period. Visited Australia for 2 months in 1948, a trip that inspired A Town Like Alice. With his family he settled in Australia, where he later died.

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Spouse (1)

Frances Mary Heaton (23 November 1931 - 12 January 1960) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (2)

Cousin of Irish-born actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.
"Shute Avenue" in the Town of Berwick, Australia, where part of the film On the Beach (1959) was filmed, is named in his honour.

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