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Nevil Shute, who died in 1960 at the age of sixty, was born in London and educated at Oxford for a life in science. He won distinction in two specialized and demanding careers. As Nevil Shute Norway, aviation engineer, he founded his own aircraft company and worked on the development of secret weapons for the British in World War II. As Nevil Shute, novelist, he had been the author of some two dozen books which have sold over 15,000,000 copies in all editions.