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A Town Like Alice


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Nevil Shute's most beloved novel, a tale of love and war, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback.

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Nevil Shute Norway was a British novelist and aeronautical engineer. He used his full name in his engineering career and Nevil Shute as his pen name. In the 1950s and 1960s he was one of the world's bestselling novelists, publishing 23 books. Many of his books were filmed, including On the Beach and A Town Like Alice. William Henry Mettam Bailey (also known as Robin Bailey) was an English actor. Although often chosen for upper class and tradition-bound roles such as Mr Justice Graves in Thames Television's Rumpole of the Bailey, Bailey is perhaps most fondly remembered for his portrayal of Uncle Mort in I Didn't Know You Cared, the BBC's adaptation of Peter Tinniswood's stories about an extended Yorkshire family. Bailey also recorded several audiobooks by Agatha Christie, Catherine Aird, Nevil Shute and Ruth Rendell.


'Probably more people have shed tears over the last page of A Town Like Alice than about any other novel in the English language ... remarkable.' -- The Guardian
'A Town like Alice is the most romantic book I've ever read ... Jean's determination to survive is inspirational, and the love she finds later is beautiful.' -- The Mail on Sunday
'A ripping tale of budding romance and grace under pressure.' -- The Times
'A heart-rending tale of torture, human fortitude and forbearance, inhumanity and hardship.' -- The Sunday Times

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