On the Beach

SHUTE, Nevil. On the Beach.

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SHUTE, Nevil On the Beach. London: Heinemann, 1957.

8vo., original red publisher's cloth, gilt direct to spine; original unclipped dust wrapper (15s. Net) with design by John Rowland; pp. [viii], 312; save for some light foxing to the upper edge of the text block, a near-fine copy, in vibrant jacket which is a touch nicked and creased, particularly along spine, but still a better-than-usual example.
First edition of this classic post-apocalyptic novel, the basis for the Stanley Kramer film starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins, with Fred Astaire appearing in his first dramatic role. As a cloud of radioactive fumes approaches Australia, a group of survivors approach the impending doom through a variety of ways.