Nevil Shute Norway Foundation

Resources

For those Shutists frustrated by the lack of Nevil Shute titles in their local book stores, movies in their local video stores, and audio books in their local libraries, the Internet offers an interesting and easy way to complete collections, or just to find a special item.

Books etc.

Although it is still possible to find the odd, out of the way, used book store that doesn't have its inventory listed on the Internet, that is becoming the exception. Most used book shopping now is done via the web. Listed below are some of the more promising book finder services and new/used book dealers that carry Nevil Shute titles.

Advanced Book Exchange (ABE)

This is a book finder service that represents hundreds of used and new book dealers all over the world. ABE lists over 4,000 Nevil Shute titles, including 40 Vinlands, 26 Lonely Roads, and 19 Marazans, and even one Cassell Marazan, arguably the rarest of the rare Nevil Shute editions. Their system makes it possible to search by title, author, publisher, edition, country, etc. This is particularly helpful when searching for first editions, copies in foreign languages, and that sort of thing. An added advantage of ABE is that they maintain a 'Want List', whereby the shopper can list a particular book and be notified when a copy becomes available.

One caveat regarding ABE (and most other book finder services): Book descriptions are provided by individual vendors and not verified by ABE. As an example, more than one Heron edition is listed as being bound in 'luxurious red leatherette'. The shopper also deals with the individual vendor rather than with ABE. As with all Internet shopping, 'Let the buyer beware.'

Amazon Books

"The world's largest bookstore". Amazon lists around 100 Nevil Shute titles. An added advantage of using Amazon is that they carry unabridged audio tapes, video tapes of films, etc. They also handle both new and used books.

Barnes and Noble

"The world's largest bookseller". B&N carry many Nevil Shute titles, including two Morrow first editions of Ordeal. They mainly deal in new books, but also have a very fine used and rare book section with an easily searchable data base.

Tomfolio

This is a site founded by a co-op of a number of used and rare book dealers. When last checked, they listed around 150 Nevil Shute books, both hardbound and paperback. All appeared to be reading copies that are available elsewhere. However, the prices seemed to be a bit better than those of some of the larger book search sites.

Blackwells Bookshop

Blackwells is a British bookshop located in Oxford. When last checked, they listed around 40 Nevil Shute titles, both paperback and hardcover. Of particular interest is their listing of late edition Heinemann hardcovers. These books have been out of print for some time now and they are becoming harder and harder to find as new.

www.bookshop.co.uk

This is one of several Uk online book stores. They list around 60 Nevil Shute titles, mainly paperback and audio tape dramatizations.

Half.com

This is a site recommended by a Shutist. They have a very good selection of used books - most of which are very reasonably priced. One caveat: They don't appear to be a good source for newly published books, as their prices are a bit higher than when ordering from the publisher. For example, you wouldn't want to order a Paper Tiger reprint through Half.com. It is cheaper to order direct from Paper Tiger.

Vintage Books

This company, a division of Random House, superceded House of Stratus some while ago. Twenty three of Nevil Shute's novels are available in paper-back. Novels in ebook format and in paper-back are also available from "rBooks" at www.rbooks.co.uk

Alibris

Alibris is a used book search service that lists inventory in stock at a large number of used book sellers. The site is searchable by title, author, subject, etc and lists over 2,000 Nevil Shute titles, including 24 Vinlands, etc.

John Smith and Son

John Smith and Son is a Scottish book dealer in Glasgow that has been in continuous business for 250 years. (They must be doing something right.) They have been very helpful to the Foundation staff in the past, assisting in locating books for both the Centennial and OZ2001. There is a separate page for Nevil Shute books and they have around 100 titles, mostly paper back. They are also one of the few sources for the recorded book (audio tape) version of Chequer Board.

The Paper Tiger Rare Books

Paper Tiger is a real friend of Shutists everywhere, They sell used books in both collectable and reading copies, and more recently, new editions of hard to find Nevil Shute titles, published by their own press. Current hardcover reprints from Paper Tiger include:

Marazan
Lonely Road
The Mysterious Aviator
Ruined City
What Happened to the Corbetts
Landfall
Vinland the Good
Slide Rule

and

Nevil Shute, A Biography by Julian Smith
The Seafarers, a previously unpublished novella, first written in 1946
Parallel Motion, A Biography of Nevil Shute by John Anderson (Published in 2011)

Powells Books

Powell's is a large bookstore in Portland, Oregon stocking new and used books. Their website allows searches of all stock by title or author, and also provides for entering requirements on a 'want list'. When last checked, they had around 60 Nevil Shute titles on hand - all apparently used.

Choosebooks

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, 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 a few sources that ABE and others do not have. In any event, it never hurts to have another source for Nevil Shute books.

VIDEO TAPES

Critics' Choice

Currently, there are commercial video tape copies available of only four of the ten films and television dramatizations based on Nevil Shute novels. These include The Far Country, On The Beach I and II, and No Highway in the Sky. Critics Choice is a single source for these tapes. Until recently, A Town Like Alice I and II were also available through Critics' Choice, but they have been deleted from the catalog. The only sources found for the two versions of A Town Like Alice are resale sites such as Amazon or E-Bay. These may be limited to used copies of the tapes.

 

AUDIO TAPES/RECORDED BOOKS

It is necessary to go to four different sources to obtain copies of all of the 22 Nevil Shute novels that have been dramatized as unabridged audio books. Although there is some duplication, no single company has recorded all 22, and no single vendor lists all 22.

A recently discovered addition to audio tape/recorded book vendors is The Audio Book Collection in the UK. I don't know how they do it, but they are offering 18 of the NSN recorded book collection for less than half the price charged by the competition! Please check out their listing below.

Books on Tape

Books on Tape carries six Nevil Shute titles as unabridged audio tapes. Prices range from $56 to $72 USD for purchase and $14.95 for rental.

Titles Available:

The far Country
In The Wet
On The beach
Pied piper
Round the Bend
Slide Rule

Recorded Books

Recorded Books carries eight Nevil Shute titles as unabridged audio tapes. Most list for under $40 USD for purchase. Rentals are from $13.50 to $17.50.

Titles Available:

Beyond the Black Stump
The Breaking Wave
In The Wet
On The Beach
Ordeal
Pastoral
A Town Like Alice
Trustee from The Toolroom

Chivers

Chivers may be contacted through their web site or by toll free telephone at 1 800-621-0182. Chivers carries more Nevil Shute titles in audio tape format than any other source. Prices range from $49.50 to $69.50 USD.

Titles available:

Beyond the Black Stump
The Far Country
Kindling
Landfall
Lonely Road
Marazan
Most Secret
No Highway
An Old Captivity
On The beach
Pastoral
The Pied piper
The Rainbow and the Rose
Requiem for a Wren
So Disdained
A Town Like Alice

John Smith and Son

John Smith and Son is the only source of the Chequer Board audio tape known to the Foundation Library. Price is approximately $65.30 USD including shipping.

Titles Available:

The Chequer Board
Audio Book Collection

The Audio Book Collection offers fifteen NSN titles. These are the same tapes, with the same first class narrators, offered by the other companies, but at less than half the price! The Audio Book Collection has a very user friendly web site where prices are listed in both UK pounds and US dollars. Audio books may also be ordered by telephone at 0800-136-919.

Titles Available

Beyond the Black Stump
The Far Country
Landfall
Lonely Road
Most Secret
No Highway
An Old Captivity
On The Beach
Pastoral
Pied Piper
The Rainbow and the Rose
Requiem for a Wren
Ruined City
So Disdained
A Town Like Alice

 

SOURCES RECCOMMENDED BY SHUTE FANS

Bookfellows
238 N. Brand
Glendale, CA 91203
Tel: 818 545-0121
Web: www.mysteryandimagination.com

Roberts Book Shop
412 S. E. Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541-994-4453

The owner is a Shute fan, and they normally have a good selection of his books available.

 

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS

When all else fails, or when you only wants to borrow an item, please contact the American, English or Australian Foundation Libraries at http://www.nevilshute.org/lendinglib.php. All books, video tapes and audio books listed above, and several that are not elsewhere listed, are available on loan to the public without any charge other than postage.