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The March newsletter is out a few days early so that Zia and I can clear the decks for our pending takeoff for OZ. We depart March 2 and arrive March 4, having lost a day en route. Coming back, we leave in the late morning of April 1, and arrive back a bit earlier the same day, having traversed the Pacific in several hours less than no time at all. Those of you who are accustomed to crossing the International Date Line on a regular basis may not find this as difficult to understand as I do. In any event, assuming that we are not caught up in any cosmic vortices as a result of the date mumbo jumbo, we will be back in time to get the April Newsletter out more or less on schedule.
The primary aims of our trip are to conduct interviews with surviving friends and associates of Uncle Nevil, and to accomplish related research. The purpose behind all this effort will be explained at UK2003, for those of you who attend. For the remainder, we will publish an explanation in the July Newsletter, immediately following UK2003.
While in Australia, we will visit the Nevil Shute Memorial Library in Alice Springs. There, we will present a Foundation check for $1,500 USD to go toward a memorial for Uncle Nevil in the Library's Nevil Shute Memorial Gardens. Those of you who have kept up along the way may remember that the Foundation has already donated two complete sets of Nevil Shute editions, plus a complete set of Nevil Shute audio books to the Library.
We will also be visiting the Royal Victorian Aero Club, the organization that is hosting the Nevil Shute Norway Excellence in Aviation Scholarship this year. We will present them with a Foundation check for $1,500 USD to cover the scholarship grant.
THE WEB SITE
We have received several inquiries along the way concerning how to determine if a particular Nevil Shute copy is a first edition. As no one on the Foundation staff has credentials as a rare book expert, we hesitate to give advice. However, it seems that if we had a section on the web site that showed first edition dust jackets, both inside and out, hard cover scans, and other points for determining the authenticity of alleged first editions, it might be of use to collectors. Right off hand, I would say that we could come up with that sort of thing for one half or two-thirds of Nevil's books. To cover the field though, we would need help from readers. Also, it would be nice if someone would volunteer to take this on as a project. What do you think? Would it be a valuable addition to the web site? Are there any volunteers either to head up the project or to provide authoritative information on rare (Cassell and other) first editions? As an aside, we already have examples of Nevil's signature on the web site, with which to compare to signatures in alleged autographed editions.
It has been some time since we added any new book reviews to the Bibliography Section. Would anyone be interested in doing a review of Nevil's Flight Log that he kept during his Flight of Fancy from England to Australia, around the Outback, and back to England? A copy of the Flight Log may be obtained on loan from the NSN Foundation Library for this purpose.
When we first took over the web site from John Henry, we incorporated all the book reviews from his site. In reviewing the reviews, several errors were noted and corrected. One of these had to do with Pat Tidwell's review of In The Wet. In her review, Pat wrote that the old, drunken, drug-ridden ex-ringer's name was Georgie, rather than Stevie, and she also said that he was part Aboriginal, as was his next incarnation, Nigger Anderson. These same two errors were repeated in the Stratus edition thumbnail description of In The Wet. That brings up an interesting question. Did Pat and Stratus get their misinformation from the same source, or did Stratus perhaps copy their thumbnails from our book reviews?!? The e-address we have for Pat is no longer valid, and we are not sure what sort of answer we might get from Stratus. Anyone out there got any ideas where this misinformation originated? Has anyone run into these same errors elsewhere?
NEW RESOURCE LISTING
Choosebooks was recently brought to our attention by another book dealer who has apparently had some success in finding Nevil Shute books through their web site. When last checked (2/20/03), there were over 500 Nevil Shute titles listed. All of these appeared to be reading copies without much to interest collectors - pretty much the same thing to be found on ABE and similar book search sites. Their prices are also comparable. However, it may be that they have sources that ABE and others do not have. In any event, it never hurts to have another source for Nevil Shute books. Please check them out the next time you are searching for a Nevil Shute edition.
From HREM (Her Royal Event Manageress) Steph Gallagher:
Donations to the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation, either through the PayPal button on the web site home page, or through firstname.lastname@example.org are always appreciated. Also, anyone interested in leaving a bequest to the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation is encouraged to contact the Foundation Secretary at email@example.com.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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From in Fort Lauderdale:
(Larry is the prototypical Nevil Shute fan - pilot, engineer/architect, designer and sailor)From in the UK:
Greetings fellow Shutists:From in California:
Greetings:From in Sydney:
I have just heard that G-EMLF which was Brenda's (The Rainbow and the Rose) Tiger Moth registration letters are available. She called it Morgan Le Fay after the (G-E) MLF. Maybe some English Shute fan and aviator would like to use the letters? On the other hand as Brenda suicided in the plane maybe they wouldn't it.Note: The GEMLF registration letters were also used on a biplane in Richard Bach's Out of My Mind. For anyone interested, the letters should also be legal in the US, if preceded by an N. Thus N-GEMLF should be an acceptable US registration.
From in Holland:
That's it for this month folks. Please keep those e-cards and e-letters coming.
Regards from The Land Of Enchantment,
Nevil Shute Norway Foundation
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