Goaded by the evacuation of Dunkirk, a retired solicitor on holiday in the Jura mountains promises to escort two English children to safety. So swift ...Show synopsisGoaded by the evacuation of Dunkirk, a retired solicitor on holiday in the Jura mountains promises to escort two English children to safety. So swift and terrible is the Germans' advance that their progress is slow, and the old man finds himself chaperon to an increasing number of waifs and strays.Hide synopsis
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It seems to be thought that Nevil Shute is not a great writer because he wrote about ordinary people, and did not attempt to glamorize them. It is precisely because of that, and the fact that his genius was the ability to make "ordinary" people interesting, that he was a great writer, as this book shows.
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