2005-01/Jan 1, 2005
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SORRY FOR THE DELAY
This month’s newsletter is 2 weeks late. I have moved house again, had a delay with the transfer of my broadband internet account, and been in China for a week so I hope you will all understand. Although at least one article may now be out of date I thought it better to send this out asap rather than re-edit.
SHUTE-IFACTS, SHUTE-ABILIA AND SHUTE-IANA
Grady Jensen of Redding, CT, The USA writes:
My wife and I have been Nevil Shute devotees for many, many years and are looking forward to Cape Cod 2005.
Editor’s Comment: We have had displays at all the past conferences and I have no doubt Art Cornel will welcome all Shute-abilia including Shute-ographs.
TRUSTEE AND BEND NECK AND NECK
Garry Cline of Washington State, The USA writes:
There are a few of us Shute readers here in the LaConner and Anacortes, Washington, USA, part of upper Puget Sound. The Anacortes library has a small selection of his books and some audio tapes made from them. I have a selection of his books, but not all of them, as well. Hard to have a favorite, but Trustee is one I treasure, and having once been an aircraft mech, Round The Bend as well.
Al Benkelman of Warrenton, VA. The USA writes:
I do reread the Nevil Shute books. I don't believe I had reread one for 6 months. I came in to rest after some chain saw yard work and throw a log on the fire (Virginia USA does not have your hot weather this time of year). I picked up "The Far Country" to relax with and then when I opened up my email there was the November Nevil Shute Letter. I hope to get up to your Cape Cod meet next Oct. Please keep me advised. I have been collecting and reading Nevil Shute books for over 50 years and they are like old friends that I can go back to after reading some "New" book with a convoluted plot. After a lifetime of reading I still feel Nevil Shute was the best 20th century storyteller. He had the knack of making any plot believable.
Editor’s Comment: Even those who are only vaguely considering going to Cape Cod should contact Art Cornel through the website page. Then Art can keep you informed and gently persuade you to definitely come.
BERT JUDGE IN DETAIL
John Anderson visited Bert Judge recently and writes:
Bert Judge worked for International Model Aircraft (IMA) during the War doing development work and inspection. IMA were kept very busy making aircraft recognition models as well as other models for the Air Ministry and other government departments.
Editor’s Comment: As I read this letter I was slowly coming to believe that Shute’s model making stemmed from his involvement with the Swallow and the Target Glider.
THE OTHER KIND OF PUBLISHERS
In response to last month’s article about Philip Davey’s difficulties getting a publisher for his book on the making of the film of On The Beach in Melbourne in 1959, founding Shutist John Henry has written, passing on the following links:
Both of these companies do publishing on demand. They do this for a 1-time fee ranging from about US$300 to US$1,000 depending on book size, graphics and hand-holding desired. Once the book has been initially formatted, they can print a single copy or a couple hundred on demand.
Editor’s Comment: I am sure many of us would-be writers will save those links for that time in the far off future when we finish our 1,500 page novelette.
CAPE COD 2005 UPDATE
Art and Joan Cornell write:
Plans for the Cape Cod Nevil Shute Gathering (CapeCod2005) to be held on Cape Cod from Sunday 2nd October to Thursday 6th October 2005 are continuing at a feverish pace. About 100 people have expressed a desire to attend. We are hoping for 125 to 150. The Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, Massachusetts has been selected for the site of the event, starting with a Welcoming Reception and followed in the next four days with talks and a bus excursion of Cape Cod.
Editor’s Comment: Just to help you along, my wild guess is that the answer to the first question on An Old Captivity is: Nevil Shute.
REQUIEM PLAY AT EXBURY IN JUNE
Jenny Knowles of The UK writes:
I expect you have been wondering if the 'Requiem for a Wren' play was ever going to happen!! I have good news - Yes it is! It will be five performances over the days 3rd, 4th, 5th June 2005.
Editor’s Comment: Oh to be in England as soon as June is there ….
SHUTE VISITS GATINEAU ?
C. John Hill of Devon in the UK writes:
Several places neighbouring the city of Ottawa are mentioned in chapters 5 and 6 of ‘In the Wet’, but quite recently there’s been an important name-change to a nearby township. In chapter 5, the Canadian Prime Minister outlines the Queen’s itinerary:
CORRECTIONS WARMLY WELCOMED
John Herd of The UK writes:
I wish to thank you for your very interesting website dedicated to the life and works of Neville (sic.) Shute. If I may point out one small typographical error that appears on the following page:-
Editor’s Comment: I can only say that however many times I proof read, the simplest mistakes always get through. I earnestly welcome corrections, new facts and any questions that throw up new lines of research.
EXCELLENT AIRSHIP DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Chris Morton writes:
Are you aware that ABC TV is running a three part series on airships?
Editor’s Comment: Can any Australian readers record the next episode, which might show some new archive material of R100 ? The first show had a lot of excellent original film.
Many thanks to everybody who sent me Christmas Cards and Year-End letters.
That completes this month's newsletter.
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