Nevil Shute

Died aged c. 61

Nevil Shute Norway (17 January 1899 – 12 January 1960) was an English novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. He used his full name in his engineering career and Nevil Shute as his pen name, in order to protect his engineering career from inferences by his employers (Vickers) or from fellow engineers that he was '"not a serious person" or from potentially adverse publicity in connection with his novels, which included On the Beach and A Town Like Alice.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

78 Hailgate a nice example of a three-story late 18th century house, probably associated with one or more of the breweries which flanked it. In the 1920s Nevil Shute Norway, the Chief Calculator at the Howden Airship Station where the R100 was being built, lodged here. He later became famous as the novelist Nevil Shute and his first novel 'Mazaran' was probably written here.

78 Hailgate, DN14 7ST, Howden, United Kingdom where they lodged here in the 1920s

Nevil Shute Norway 1899-1960 Author, Aircraft Designer & Founder of Airspeed Ltd lived here between 1936-1940

14 Helena Road, Portsmouth, United Kingdom where they lived (1936-1940)