• "Shute's most considerable achievement"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "The most evocative novel on the aftermath of a nuclear war"

    The Times
  • "Fictions such as On the Beach played an important role in raising awareness about the threat of nuclear war. We stared into the abyss and then stepped back from the brink"

  • "Still incredibly moving after nearly half a century"

  • "Timely and indelibly sad ending that leaves you tearful and disturbed"

    Los Angeles Times