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A romantic World War II adventure about the strength of true love and how it can overcome any obstacle. A British air reconnaissance officer falls for a pub waitress, but finds his lift in chaos when he accidentally bombs a British submarine, mistaking it for a German U-boat. What begins as a romantic fling develops into true love as Mona fights to present the evidence sheA romantic World War II adventure about the strength of true love and how it can overcome any obstacle. A British air reconnaissance officer falls for a pub waitress, but finds his lift in chaos when he accidentally bombs a British submarine, mistaking it for a German U-boat. What begins as a romantic fling develops into true love as Mona fights to present the evidence she has discovered about this tragedy in the hope that it will absolve her lover....

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ISBN : 9781889439228
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Landfall Reviews

  • Bill
    2019-01-26 15:28

    The more I read his work, the more I love the writing of Nevil Shute. His book, Landfall, written in 1940, falls into his 'war' period of writing. In its simplest form, you could call it a war story. Flying Officer Jerry Chambers is a pilot of Angus aircraft. His mission is flying over the English channel with his crew of 3 and, following a grid, tracking ships sailing up and down the Channel and also looking for German U-boats that might present a threat to allied shipping. One mission he sees a U-boat and sinks it.This incident will greatly affect Jerry as it turns out that the submarine might not have been a German ship. There is an investigation and Jerry is transferred to a squadron that instead flies over Germany, dropping propaganda materiel. He does ultimately get another transfer, to an experimental unit that works out of the same area as his first squadron, working for to help a scientist with unnamed experimental work that might help shift the war effort in the Allies favour. This is very dangerous work.So that's the war story aspect. On another level, you have a romance between Jerry and barmaid, Mona, a sensible young lady who gradually falls in love with Jerry; the feeling is mutual, by the way. When Jerry is transferred, things are definitely put on hold. The interesting side-note to this romance, and it becomes key to the overall story is that the bar where Mona works is frequented by British sailors and airman. In the course of her work, she hears tidbits of information, that put together might mean the results of the original enquiry were erroneous.It all seems kind of convoluted as I present it, but Shute is such an excellent writer. The story is presented in a gentle, logical manner and as you read through, everything fits together nicely. The characters are sympathetic, especially Jerry and Mona, both lovely people who are bound together, as many seem to have been in the War. The story is a pleasure to read, another example of Shute's ability to write interesting stories that strike a chord in your heart; everyday people doing impressive things, people you'd love to meet and know. The ending was satisfying and touched a bit of a nerve with me; leaving me nicely choked and happy. (4 stars)

  • ^
    2019-01-28 17:20

    I’ve never been one for reading much in the way of novels, historical or contemporary; but thoroughly gripped, I read Nevil Shute’s “Landfall”, a Naval story (first published in 1940) at one sitting, totally immersed, utterly engrossed, barely noticing day change into night. The topology given for the Hampshire coast between Southampton and Portsmouth reads believably. The plot and characters likewise stand up remarkably well. Over-the-top heroics, bathos, sulking, none of those unattractive traits form any part of the storyline of this book. Instead a positively chivalric love is given and received with trust, honour and respect; there’s no twenty-first century giggling or shallow ‘mwaah. mwaah-ing’ or sex on the second date here (how positively boring that would be); yet the sustained heights to which deep, palpable emotions are stirred, are such that at times this reader had to consciously remember to breathe! Did Nevile Shute develop his plot from an incident in real life? It seems tantalisingly believable that he could have. I’m tempted to see what I can research through Hampshire Library services.An uncorroborated opinion may be found at [see John Anderson’s contribution]. But then the WWW is more akin to the Wild West. What can one believe? Whether Titchfield and Emsworth aerodromes ever existed in real life I’ve no idea; but RN Hospital Haslar (1796-2009), certainly did: it attended to the injured of the British Navy, and later also to the RAF, Army and even the odd National Health Service patient here & there. But I digress. All in all, for those who love the stories and films that came out of WWII, from the relative safety of peacetime in 2015, Nevile Shute’s “Landfall” (1940) is a deeply moving and warmly satisfying read indeed.

  • Sam
    2019-02-09 15:31

    I actually rather enjoyed this book as it was nicely balanced between the action and horrors of war, the romance between Chambers and Mona and the despair he felt after the sinking of the submarine and the politics that followed as the RAF and Navy tried to blame each other. The writing is easy to read and engaging, bringing the characters and story to life while leaving just enough for the reader to build on from their own imagination. At first I wasn't particularly keen on Mona but she really came into her own as the story continued and she began to uncover the truth behind what really happened and she shows some really backbone pushing forward to get herself heard. A fab read that I just burned through.

  • Jim Puskas
    2019-02-10 14:27

    Typical of Shute's work, the story revolves around aviators and their cohorts during WW2. Rich in detail concerning military aircraft and military life in general, it celebrates the character of fairly ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. The rigid class structure of early 20th century Britain, while slowly being eroded still pervades society -- for example the idea that a young officer's military career would be compromised by a marriage below his class is being challenged but is still very much an issue.Nowhere near as compelling as Shute's best work, but still a pleasant read.

  • Peter
    2019-02-10 18:43

    Not Shute's best work - but worth a read. After some Boy's Own action sequences the plot concentrates on the determination of Mona - waitress in a café - to fight to expose an injustice which blighted the career of her pilot boyfriend. Shute is a bit variable in his portrayal of women and but Mona is one of his stronger female characters.

  • Greer Andjanetta
    2019-01-23 14:20

    A splendid story! This is the sort of book that people who read for pleasure should have. A story of two young people who meet and fall in love in England in wartime. One is an aviator who sinks a submarine while on a reconnaissance patrol and later finds out it might have been an English ship. Very much a "feel good" story.

  • Taly
    2019-02-10 18:40

    Nice little book.I couldn't understand much about the nature of the dangerous experiment the hero was involved, but that did not affect much my understanding and enjoyment of the story.It's not the best of his books, but certainly worth reading.I just love in Shute books how he describes the era. The language, the places, and people changed so much since the days of the 2nd world war.

  • Dave
    2019-02-14 18:29

    As with all by Nevil Shute, the characters are vivid and believable. This story has Naval and electrical engineering stuff in it, too. A WWII story set in England, I wonder who reads this stuff anymore ...

  • Jenne
    2019-02-09 16:30

    In order to make them last longer, I've decided to only read Nevil Shute books that I find in used bookstores, rather than trying to track them all down thru interlibrary loan.This one was from the SFPL Friends of the Library bookstore.

  • Vikas Datta
    2019-02-07 11:25

    Superbly done... Mr Shute has a penchant for weaving a great story with all the necessary atmosphere and deft characterisation...

  • Lili
    2019-02-03 18:25

    This is a book I read years ago and I enjoyed it immensely. I’ve read all of Nevil Shute’s books. The best by far is “A Town Like Alice.”

  • Els
    2019-02-09 16:23

    A pleasant work of World War II fiction, which, thanks to actually being written in the forties, bears no lingering essence of Research or Anachronism that seem to plague so much WWII fiction written obviously more recently.Nevil Shute tells a straightforward and honest story; I would speculate that his sense of perception and his attention to detail as a writer are assets that served him well also in his capacity as a mechanical engineer.

  • Larry Piper
    2019-01-24 15:21

    Although I'd heard about Nevil Shute many decades ago, I had never read him before. This book was quite good, and I'll likely read something more from Shute. The writing is a bit spare and to the point, so doesn't flow smoothly is it might in the hands of a language master, such as Dickens. But Shute was an engineer by trade, so I can cut him slack. The story takes place early in WWII, before the US enters the war. It is about a young RAF pilot who is part of a squadron who flies out over the English channel for reconnaissance and to protect England from German ships, in particular the German U-boats or submarines. The young man sinks a sub that he was pretty sure was German, but the Admiralty thinks he might have sunk a British sub that went missing the same day. While his early flights and then the sub inquiry are going on, the young man begins a romance with a bar girl. They feel increasing comfort in each other's presence. After the inquiry into the sub sinking, the young man is transferred away. But after a few months, he returns to the area as a test pilot, and the romance resumes again. So, in a way, it's the story about how people try to continue with normal life during the very abnormal times that existed in Britain during WWII. I've always been a sucker for old English books and movies of that period. I adore Vera Lynn songs. Interestingly, in my mind's eye, the action in this book took place in black and white, as would be the case were I watching the action in a movie theater of that time period. The lack of color didn't detract one iota from the story. That's just the way my mind works. I read Jane Austin in color because I've seen her portrayed in color. I read WWII stories and noire detective stories in black and white because that's the way I've seen them portrayed. Weird, huh?

  • Jim B
    2019-02-15 16:40

    I am a big fan of old English paperbacks, especially Ian Fleming and Nevil Shute novels. Something about them is just timeless. Landfall is a good example of a Nevil Shute book, combining a war story and a romance. Here we have Jerry Chambers, a hapless RAF Anson pilot who is involved in a friendly fire incident while courting Mona Stevens, a barmaid. After sinking the British sub, he skips town to join Bomber Command, ending the romance, only to redeem himself later in the book while involved in secret testing flying a Vickers Wellington. And that friendly fire incident? There might have been a mistake there, and Mona helps solve that mystery using gossip and hearsay heard at the bar.Outside of his overuse of the word, presently, Shute is an enjoyable writer and the banter between the couple is both amusing and at at times dated. (Though some of their dialogue must have been possibly scandalous for 1940...) Of course the class issues, so omnipresent in England at the time, also sound incredibly dated.Shute writes well about the boredom of Coastal Command and Bomber Command ops, but the most shocking part of the story revolves around Mona's father's view of Jerry after he kept her out too late one night. He opines "It made a difference, certainly, that the young man had build a (model) galleon. If it had been anyone else, he have been really angry." Wow, for the first time in recorded dating history, a father of a woman thinks that her suitor being a modeler is a good thing...

  • Gerald
    2019-02-06 16:18

    I have just finished re-reading this wonderful Nevil Shute story, the first time being Nov 28, 2011. I again enjoyed it thoroughly. British Flying Officer Roderick "Jerry" Chambers is in the Coastal Command flying very boring observation flights over the English Channel guarding against German submarines near the southern England coast at Portsmouth. In his spare time he has fallen in love with barmaid Mona Stevens. During one of his flights he sinks what he is convinced was a German submarine, but non-definitive evidence comes to light that he may have sunk an English submarine. He is censured by the Board of Inquiry and transfers far away on a different assignment. Unusual circumstances arise, resulting in his unexpected return to the Portsmouth area for a dangerous voluntary posting. At the same time bits and pieces come together regarding the sinking for which he had been censured. His girlfriend Mona plays a significant role in helping to get Jerry's name cleared.I liked this book quite a lot. Of course, I am a very big fan of Nevil Shute. I do heartily recommend to to readers who enjoy wartime WWII stories.

  • Al
    2019-01-22 18:35

    Published in 1940, Landfall features a young RAF pilot/officer flying observation duty over the English Channel in the very early days of WW II. His task, at first boring, becomes more interesting than he might like when he bombs and sinks a submarine. At first proud of his accomplishment, he learns to his horror that he is accused of sinking a British sub which has gone missing. As usual, there is the obligatory young woman with whom the aviator becomes involved as the story unwinds.Once again Mr. Shute combines an interesting plot line with sympathetic characters to produce a satisfying and ultimately heartwarming story. And again, one thinks that, as with Mr. Shute's other wartime novels, this book must have been catnip to a public worried about the impending conflagration and looking for a morale boost. I wonder if the British government ever recognized, formally or informally, what Mr. Shute's writing did to support the war effort.

  • Scilla
    2019-01-28 16:35

    This is a great book taking place in WWII England. The characters and story are believable and gripping. Jerry Chambers, a pilot in the Air Force sights a submarine while flying over the English channel. He had been warned to look out for an English submarine, the Caranx, in a nearby place, but could see no markings on the sub which identified it as English. He shoots it down. Later, he is accused by the Navy of sinking the Caranx. He is sent to another base, having to leave behind his girl friend Mona (a bar tender). Later he volunteers for a dangerous mission testing a new weapon and goes back to Portsmouth. Mona hears occasional gossip in the bar and sees a newspaper article about another sub being seen sinking on the same day the Caranx disappeared. She is sure that Jerry must have sunk the submarine which torpedoed the Caranx. She goes to Admiralty House and tells them her story. Meanwhile Jerry's plane explodes with the new device.

  • Honoria
    2019-02-01 17:47

    Landfall is the story of Jerry Chambers, a WWII pilot who returns from a bombing an enemy submarine in the English Channel to discover he has inadvertently bombed a British one. He is transferred to another post in disgrace after a Court of Inquiry finds him negligent in his duty. Jerry remains convinced that the submarine he destroyed was not British, but only his barmaid sweetheart believes him. Nevil Shute's style in Landfall is unexpectedly 'light and easy', and I read it cover-to-cover in one evening. Landfall compares favourably with similar works by by Alistair MacLean and Dennis Wheatley, although I've only read a few books by either. Perhaps it's that Shute has invested in developing characters with a little more depth and substance than the average pot-boiler.

  • Lora
    2019-02-02 17:23

    I read this book with my teenage son. We both liked it. In fact, he said he *really* liked it but couldn't say why. In the end, he decided it was because the characters seemed real (so the love story didn't seem like a sweet cliche). He gradually got used to their quaint way of speaking (for example, saying "I have enjoyed it, ever so"). I had two quibbles with it. One, it made sparse use of commas which made it extra hard to get the phrasing right while reading it aloud. Second, I had perhaps unfairly expected more of a sustained mystery surrounding the sinking described on the back cover, but I waited and waited while the characters' lives just wandered onwards. The conclusion was satisfying, however.

  • N.
    2019-01-27 19:30

    I love Nevil Shute's writing. There were moments that I couldn't follow because of the language of the times (I can mostly understand modern British English but have a little trouble with older lingo) but Landfall, about a man who may or may not have accidentally bombed one of his own country's submarines during WWII, is sometimes tense, sometimes a little plodding. Regardless, it's excellent storytelling and I'm tempted to dive into another Nevil Shute book.

  • Meghan
    2019-02-03 16:44

    'So let them pass, small people of no great significance, caught up and swept together like dead leaves in the great whirlwind of the war. Wars come, and all the world is shattered by their blast. But through it all young people meet and marry; life goes on, though temples rock and the tall buildings start and crumble in the dust of their destruction'. Shute sums this book up quite nicely himself. It's a nice little story, you know except all the dead naval officers, and completely untaxing.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-23 19:23

    I've been on a Nevil Shute jag lately thanks to a friend's recommendation. Although his heroes (usually RAF pilots or fliers of some kind) go through ups and downs and harrowing airborne adventures, the reader can be pretty sure that he will win his lass in the end, and love will triumph. LANDFALL is one of the better ones. I'm reading these mostly for the atmosphere of World War II England as the memoir I'm writing about my mother's life is set there.

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-02-01 14:42

    Young coastal patrol pilot Terry Sanders is accused of sinking a British submarine by mistake. After he is transferred to test a highly dangerous experimental bomb, the woman he loves sets out to prove his innocence.

  • Suzanne Auckerman
    2019-01-20 19:20

    I love Neville Shute's writing. This dialogue between Jerry and Mona seems odd, but I think it is very authentic for the period. This one is based on a true story of a British pilot was accused of sinking a British submarine.

  • Lenny Husen
    2019-01-20 16:47

    Charming love story that was written during WWII about WWII. Interesting, very little plot, quick read.

  • Avi
    2019-02-13 16:27

    Typical of Nevil Shute, his books always manage to leave the reader with a feeling of general goodwill. An uplifting tale this one.

  • Ingrid Verschelling
    2019-01-21 19:43

    Het oordeel

  • Peer
    2019-01-19 19:30

    I love those British war-novels. Although a bit straight forward, Nevil Shute writes really nice and vivid.

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-04 18:38

    An insightful look at a cross-class relationship under the pressures of wartime.

  • Gina
    2019-02-01 19:32

    It's not written at quite as high a level as some of his other books, but the characters are really human, and you feel for them.