Ordeal. Nevil Shute.

Canadian Edition


Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Limited, 1939.

First Canadian edition, from American sheets. Published by Heinemann as What Happened to the Corbetts. [6], 280, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Canadian Edition. Navy blue cloth. Very good in good dust jacket (price clipped, some rubbing and chipping, small loss at top fold of front panel). Uncommon Smith, pp. 43-7; Men at Work 5.2.b. Item #322675

Uncommon Canadian edition of this prewar novel of the bombing of Southampton and the adventures of the resourceful Peter Corbett.
Shute wrote this novel because he felt that the home defense preparations, with emphasis on gas being used against civilian populations, were simply wrong: “Most of what Shute foresaw transpired; heavy bombing, broken water and sewer lines, and epidemics” (Smith).

Price: $125.00