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Two short novels featuring the eponymous Stephen Morris, the first as sole and the second as an odd kind of joint protagonist. He is a mathematician and test pilot deeply involved in the early years of civil aviation after the (Great European or First World) War. In the first novel he is a young man finding his way after War service in the RAF and Oxford. In the second Morris is fully mature, helping a younger man do the same. Both are upper middle class British men who by virtue of their manly qualities find ways to reconcile their working lives with their marriages.

A long way from Shute's best, but full of interest on a number of levels, and worth reading.

(Also, I have a spare copy if anyone would like it.)

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watervole
26th Apr, 2010 04:52 (UTC)
I'd be interested. I've only read a couple of Shute novels, but I enjoyed them.
coth
26th Apr, 2010 07:08 (UTC)
You're welcome to the book - if you send me an address I'll drop it in the post. But if you've only read a couple of Shute's novels then read some more first - this is juvenilia and of most interest to those familiar with his work.
watervole
27th Apr, 2010 11:13 (UTC)
Given the size of my book backlog, I'm unlikely to read much other Shute for some time, so it might be best to give the book to someone else.
ffutures
26th Apr, 2010 08:19 (UTC)
Long time since I've read it - is one of them the one where they're trialling a way of squeezing a couple of days off the transatlantic post times by flying the mail off a ship half way across?
coth
26th Apr, 2010 08:31 (UTC)
Yes - the second one. But the real story is about how the man and the woman get together despite themselves. Both of these novels are actually romances written largely from a male perspective. Very odd and interesting.
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