Through a series of mishaps, Henry Warren, a recently divorced City financier, ends up in hospital in a Northern town ruined by the closure of its shipyard. Moved by the fate of the town's inhabitants, Warren risks his fortune and reputation to save the shipyard and restore the town to its former prosperity. In seeking to change the fate of the town, he radically changes his own.
Not only a brilliant fluent storyteller but also an ironic commentator on the world scene
There is little that Shute does not know about choosing an appealing story and telling it in a gripping way