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Pied Piper

Pied Piper
  

John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France. However, during his stay the Nazis invade and he is forced to try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Alli... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780099530220
Barcode 9780099530220
Published 1 December 2009 by Vintage
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Shute Norway, Nevil
Introduction by Boyne, John
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ISBN-13 9780099530220
ISBN-10 0099530228
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage Classics
Publication Date 1 December 2009
International Publication Date 3 September 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Shute Norway, Nevil
Introduction by Boyne, John
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 224g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.912
Catalogue Code 77389

Description of this Book

John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France. However, during his stay the Nazis invade and he is forced to try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Mr Shute not only writes vividly and excitingly of occupied France, but with a delightful understanding of children Sunday Times A brilliantly descriptive writer, a master of suspense Exhibits his talents at their provocative best New York Times That shattering, unaffected, literary style of his is wholly deceptive...is, in fact, masterly A small masterpiece...a book about frail but indomitable old age, simple kindness, childhood, and courage in dark confusing danger. It is not sentimental but prosaic and suspenseful on every page...it conjures up the country of the 1940's, and gently acclaims the value of ordinary decency in wicked times Remarkable books...I share a fierce personal regard for Nevil Shute
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Nevil Shute Norway was born on 17 January 1899 in Ealing, London. After attending the Dragon School and Shrewsbury School, he studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked as an aeronautical engineer and published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926. In 1931 he married Frances Mary Heaton and they went on to have 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 on 12 January 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), No Highway (1948), A Town Like Alice (1950) and On the Beach (1957).

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