In this case it was a once booming town hit by the depression, rather than, as was the case in a Town Like Alice, a dust bowl. Main character Henry Warren, a wealthy banker sees closeup what the Depression has done to a Northern England coastal town. In seeking to change the fate of the town, he radically changes his own. He buys the ship yard, but then has to figure out how to get someone to order ships built. It tackles racism, condemning the.
Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. I will close my review with the observation that this book is of painful actuality to us in 2013 : We are just coming out of a severe economic depression, unemployment is at record levels in Europe and elsewhere, 'banker' has become a dirty word and the right to work, to a decent salary and a decent life has become an unattainable dream for far too many people. Of course, he does manage to add some melodrama in the person of the beautiful Pepita what a name! Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. After that he averaged one novel every two years through the 1950s, with the exception of a six-year hiatus while he was establishing his own aircraft construction company, Airspeed Ltd. It is there that Warren attempts to broker a complicated - and fiscally unsound - deal that will bring orders for ships to Sharples. He lived in Australia for the ten years before his death. A bit of Harold McGrath mixed up with Robert Nathan touches.
Henry Warren is a successful and well regarded London banker who heads up to the north of England for a walkabout when his marriage falls apart. New York: The Greystone Press. Good: A book that has been read but is in good condition. His protagonist, Henry Warren, is a driven, conservative, very successful banker in mid-1930s depression-era London. How he bends his energies and wide influence to find a way to put the men of Sharples back to work--and how, through his efforts, he finds love and new meaning in life.
Or so he believed at that moment of his banking career. A Town Like Alice was adapted and serialized for , and was broadcast on in 1997 starring , , and. Special Advance Edition in wrappers. There he was a head of engineering, working on secret weapons such as , a job that appealed to the engineer in him. She does arrange this, although she is quite puzzled as to why he, as an unemployed clerk so she thinks , wants to do such a thing. He is a workaholic, not so much obsessed as passionate and dedicated to his job.
In 1929 he was promoted to Deputy of the R100 project under and when Wallis left the project he became the Chief Engineer. And he has inadvertently made an enemy, who is in possession of a damning set of documents… Of course there is a love interest, this time a properly womanly woman, the utter opposite of the ex-Mrs. In 1931, with the cancellation of the R100 project, Shute teamed up with the talented de Havilland trained designer to found the aircraft construction company. Perhaps a bit calm for those whose taste lies more with warriors, plagues and gore. Their romance is blighted by differences in social background and economic constraints; in unhappiness each turns to odd jobs in boating circles. Crew relations and love at an airbase in rural surroundings in wartime England.
Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company. The particular appeal of his books is the simplicity and readability of the prose. Alan soon realizes that the dead young woman is not the person she pretended to be. Shute went a different direction. Can a crime be justified if the results help others and not oneself? None of this jumping ino bed stuff like modern literature. They separate, and divorce proceedings begin. Serious problems are brewing, and not only on the home front, though things there have imploded with a sullen bang.
As the story opens, he is working long hours to protect his business, and neglecting his shallow, unfaithful wife and his own ill health. The sabbatical year is going well, aside from the anticipated pinch of much less cash flow. And so one's got to find a motive, an excuse for going on doing the job one knows. This novel also explores the effects of a poor economy on the psychology of its people. His mysterious saviour is an escaped convict, and his determination to help him leads Stenning into a tense and dramatic adventure of intrigue, drug-running and murder.
There's even time for a bit of romance and a touch of humor to relieve the serious themes of the book. Original price has been blacked out on front cover. On 13 June 1915 his elder brother, Fredrick Hamilton Norway, aged 19, was wounded at Epinette, near , and was evacuated to where he died, on 4 July, with his parents by his side. The latter issue disturbs him very little, but he grows very concerned about his poor physical condition which is the result of his having driven himself extremely hard to reach the level of success that he has. This portion of the novel, with its sharply-drawn albeit stereotypical portraits of corrupt and greedy government officials and inside look at the unsavory actions necessary to do business in the very Near East, is quite interesting, as well as something of a departure for Shute.