No Highway

Theodore Honey is a shy, inconspicuous engineer whose eccentric interests are frowned upon in aviation circles When a passenger plane crashes in Newfoundland under unexplained circumstances, Honey is determined to prove his unorthodox theory about what went wrong to his superiors, before lives are lost But while flying to the crash scene to investigate, Honey disco Theodore Honey is a shy, inconspicuous engineer whose eccentric interests are frowned upon in aviation circles When a passenger plane crashes in Newfoundland under unexplained circumstances, Honey is determined to prove his unorthodox theory about what went wrong to his superiors, before lives are lost But while flying to the crash scene to investigate, Honey discovers to his horror that he is on board one of the defective planes and that he and his fellow passengers, including a friendly young stewardess and an aging movie actress, are in imminent peril.
No Highway Theodore Honey is a shy inconspicuous engineer whose eccentric interests are frowned upon in aviation circles When a passenger plane crashes in Newfoundland under unexplained circumstances Honey is

  • Title: No Highway
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: 9781842322734
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “No Highway”

    1. Oh Nevil Shute, how are you so fascinating? His books are always about these sort of greyish people who eventually triumph in the end because of their deep-down decency and competence. There's usually a whole lot of technical details about airplanes.And just when you're really getting into it, you get slapped in the face by attitudes of half a century ago.And despite all this, they are addictive as all hell.In this one, there's a genius engineer named Mr. Honey (not kidding) who is also a crackp [...]

    2. It's interesting to re-read a book after a long time, and see whether your opinion of it has changed. I first read [authoer:Aldous Huxley]'s Brave New World when I was about 17, and found it very exciting and stimulating. I re-read it when I was 57, and after 40 years found it rather flat and dull. I've just finished reading No Highway after a gap of about 60 years, and found it as good as when I first read it. It was interesting to see what I remembered and what I had forgotten. I was about 13 [...]

    3. “…this aircraft is in a very dangerous condition. It’s got a very serious fatigue trouble in the tailplane. You must turn back to England at once.”-Theodore Honey, p57Not a bad way to begin a story- with an aeroplane about to fall out of the sky. If you heard someone say here is a novel centred on metal fatigue, that might not have been so compelling, but metal fatigue which might kick in at any moment and have a devastating effect on a select group of passengers whom we have got to know [...]

    4. Oh, Nevil Shute. I do so adore your unabashed authorial self-insertion. I haven't read all Nevil Shute, or even the majority, but the ones I have read, I have strong opinions about. In this one, Shute is himself twice, both in the narrator (a young manager at an aeronautics company) and the main character, a weedy, pathetic, but brilliant "boffin".The novel opens with the young manager, Scott, talking about his job managing a bunch of brilliant but mildly eccentric scientists at a safety facilit [...]

    5. Whew, finally finished this! Very tedious reading because the plot was so focused on a certain type of plane and Mr. Honey trying to prove that it would crash after 14,000 hours of flying time. I like planes and flying, but all I can say was that this was boring. Really boring :P I like the beginning and Mr. Honey's character was unique (although weird at times). My favorite scene was when he was in the plane scaring everyone about crashing.Anyway, glad to have read this, and I probably will sti [...]

    6. No Highway builds an absorbing, suspenseful story around the unlikely basis of scientific research—which takes on a much stronger immediacy when it casts doubt on the safety of an airplane. The trouble is, the theory suggesting the aircraft are unsafe comes from Theodore Honey, an untidy, eccentric scientist whom few take seriously. One of his superiors, the book's narrator Dennis Scott, believes he may be right, but convincing higher officials poses a difficult problem. When Honey is sent to [...]

    7. This is a weird one. Fundamentally, there's a good yarn here but it is clothed in some very old-fashioned views about gender; about social status and about families. It made for slightly uncomfortable reading, even though I have lived through the era in which is was set and I therefore understand how things were then and how times have changed.I would not therefore recommend the book very strongly.

    8. Another classic, chosen randomly off a high bookshelf late on Saturday night. I hadn't thought that I had read No Highway before and I was after a fresh read but I must have read it once many many moons ago as the sequence in the cockpit at Gander was familiar. I couldn't remember anything from the story at all and so thoroughly enjoyed this novel.No Highway is part-romance, part-thriller and part-scientific whodunnit, all aspects that are skillfully woven together. As I have commented before, I [...]

    9. I wasn't sure how to rate this. It's a curious mixture of the gripping and the absolutely mundane. The gripping part involves a search by a bunch of engineers to prove that the tail wing of a new passenger plane contains a latent design flaw (which admittedly doesn't sound that gripping, but in Nevil Shute's hands becomes so) while the mundane part concerns pretty much everything else, specifically a horrendous domestic drama involving a cast of insipid female characters straight out of a Cholmo [...]

    10. Because I have an interest in things aviation I was drawn towards this story, which at its heart deals with the serious issue of metal fatigue in aircraft. This story is really a parallel of the real-world when the deHavilland Comet (England's first jet passenger aircraft following WW2) which promised so much, experienced a string of disastrous metal fatigue problems with the airframe of the Comet and more than 100 lives were lost through these disasters. The main characters in this story are ba [...]

    11. Loved it, contains everything from (slightly dubious) science and engineering to pseudoscience and superstitions. Brilliant read.

    12. Nevil Shute wrote many outstanding books before his death in 1960; On the Beach and The Far Country are only two examples of big books with a vision. But he also wrote a number of fine but lesser known novels derived from his career as an aeronautical engineer before he turned to writing. These books are not the grand visions that his most popular books offer; rather, they are small-scale stories of people caught in threatened positions, usually involving aeronautical problems. No Highway (1948) [...]

    13. Cleverly structured, if slightly repetitive story about a small group of people waiting for something disastrous to happen, and how this forges relationships and leads to different ways of seeing their own lives. As always with Shute, characterisation is subtle and sympathetic, as window into the day-to-day minutiae of ordinary English people living in the 1950s its detail is incomparable. There's also a great deal about aeronautical engineering, which was the author's day-job career, and anothe [...]

    14. I originally read this after seeing the excellent movie, NO HIGHWAY IN THE SKY, which starred James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. Loved the book even more. Though I was still a child at the time Shute wrote this, the social attitudes that many reviewers have commented on were real. I think it's important to read books from other times in order to understand how far we've come and how far we have to go. I wonder what people 60 years from now will have to say about our culture?

    15. I didn't like this nearly so much as other Nevil Shute books I have read. It is the story of a piece of research into airplanes, that becomes very practical when one crashes. Lots of technical detail, blustering males and women who think their best contribution might be cooking, cleaning and picking out clothes for a clever man.

    16. The story is still goodI read this book for the first time over 40 years ago. It's still a good read, which is unusual given the way one's tastes change over time. Anyone who enjoys aviation stories will enjoy this one.

    17. This book is one of those that you keep drawn to so that you might touch the every day bravery of the normal hard working plodder in life. The mundane, ordinary , boring man who is capable of miracles in such a unself conscience way that he is just a smidgen away from being an angel. A must read .

    18. Borrowed from Michel Dignaud3.7 Very good. While it is till about airplanes and flying I found it more interesting than Round the Bend. I has all the hallmarks of Shute. Good characterisation and story telling.

    19. The premise of this book is excellent; the execution is another matter entirely.Using a new nuclear theory, boffin Theodore Honey calculates that the tailplane in a newly introduced passenger aircraft is likely to fail from metal fatigue after about 1440 hours in the air. His boss at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough, Dr Scott, sensibly issues an edict stating that no Reindeer aircraft should fly more than 700 hours until Honey's theory has either been proven correct or found wanti [...]

    20. This is a great book! Dennis Scott has taken charge of the Structural department of the Royal I reread this book between Oct 31 and Nov 2, 2016. I had forgotten how good it is!Dr. Scott, the narrator, is a supervisor at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, where research is done on aircraft. His wife, Shirley taught music and drawing at the local school, and became interested in a student, Elspeth Honey, whose father worked for Dennis. Scott looks into Honey's research which involved fatigue in the [...]

    21. Dennis Scott is manager of an office of engineers working on various aeronautical concerns. One of these men, Theodore Honey, is investigating fatigue failure in the tail portion of the Reindeer - a fleet of British Trans-Atlantic planes. It is his belief that the tail will show evidence of fatigue failure at 1440 hours of service. Getting others to believe him is difficult. If only they had concrete evidence. Then they receive word of a crash in Canada attributed to pilot error but the plane ha [...]

    22. I loved the premise of this - enough to overcome my initial balking at the rather hideous font. It's the 40s. A new model of plane has crashed, with the investigation finding that it was pilot error. But one lone - unfortunately quite possibly crackpot - scientist thinks that a structural instability with its origins in nuclear theory may have been at fault, and there are more of these planes in the skiesAnd the premise gets even more gripping about 70 pages in (I won't spoil it for you). But un [...]

    23. I'd forgotten how good this one was. My favorite scene was the meeting when all the proper British types let fly at one another over the matter of the possibility of fatigue fractures in the tailplane of the fictional Reindeer aircraft. It reminded me of many a contentious meeting I've seen while working to put new machinery into commission in mills and plants around the world. I was very proud of our narrator for standing by his employee Mr. Honey even when he did something so crazy as lifting [...]

    24. To continue with a sailing analogy, I know the reading doldrums when I hit them. And I was right in them, desperate for a breeze. I could have gone for Le Carre, but I need a decent book for holiday, and he could supply it. What I was looking for was a novel with plot, characters and a level of intelligence, and that's difficult to find these days. So hark back to the past. Greene I'd already tried, so who else? Who wrote The Caine Mutiny? I couldn't remember. James Clavel? Sorry, the gripping h [...]

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