Slide Rule has ratings and 40 reviews. David said: I first read Slide Rule years ago after enjoying many of Shute’s other books, and it shaped my lif. 3 Sep Nevil Shute was a power and a pioneer in the world of flying long before he began to write the stories that made him a bestselling novelist. The Nevil Shute autobiography of his early years in aviation and the R Airship disaster. By William McCandless. Slide Rule was published in and.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. As Shute tells it, the first time the company made a profit was inthe year he resigned as a director.

Slide Rule

Again, an interesting human tale of innovation, struggle against the odds, the difficulties of balancing the books and the personalities, the intimate involvement of people and capital; I think it ought to be required reading for anyone thinking of setting up their own business.

Moments that struck me as I read, the fact that his father could take a six week winter break did the comfortably off ever work in those days?

Cardington was desperate not to repeat previous mistakes. I’m not in huge sympathy with him on these points, but I like his clear and occasionally self-deprecating prose; the two books of his that I have read, Pied Piper and Trustee from the Toolroom, are both rather enchanting tales of older men who accidentally go on long journeys to do good deeds, nevi, it’s interesting to see where this comes from.


Preview — Slide Rule by Nevil Shute. I had zero confidence, countless limiting beliefs and a stutter. Shute’s design team was very concerned about elide since their calculations indicated that sufficient control authority was available with manual controls they were right.

Covering childhood to retirement, the books main focus is his love of the airplane industry.

Rigid airships propelled by slife best aero engines of the day, yet guided with rudders the size of billboards steered by human power alone. He writes of his life and friends and surprisingly, hardly mentions his writing career.

Lside development was set up in the form of a competition in which one aeroship would be designed and built on a private-industry capitalist approach and the other through a government-initiated Air Ministry organization.

After writing this book the stutter disappeared and I went on national TV.

Slide Rule by Nevil Shute

His mother and father had rushed to his bedside. Still, a very good read for anyone with an interest in biographies, aviation or British history. In Slide Rule, among other things, he tells the story of the British government sponsoring the simultaneous building of two dirigibles, one by private industry and one by government subsidy. Nevil describes how inLord Thomson set up the new British Airship Programme, whereby two teams, one private and one government, would work in competition.

The acceptance test for the R involved a flight to Karachi; unfortunately, when the airship was over France, it crashed and exploded, killing 48 people.

Jul 21, Derek Collett rated it liked it. Nevil described how happy he and his brother, Fred, had been. Between and when Shute left the company he describes the challenges of developing a new company in what was then a new industry. On the 4th of OctoberR en route to India, crashed killing 48 people. The end was a tragedy: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Nevil Shute was a pioneer in the world of flying long before he began to write the stories that made him a bestselling novelist.


This was the private counterpart to the Air Ministry ‘s Rboth designed as part of the Imperial Airship Scheme to develop airships capable of flying the Empire routes to India, Canada and Australia.

Nov 30, David rated it really liked it Shelves: There is no doubt that the novelist Shute is at work here! After that disaster, there was an inquiry of course.

The Vickers offering was the R. Amazing that Nevil Shute was so much prouder of his achievements as an engineer than of the fiction he wrote. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. A first-class storyteller tells us about his early life, much of which is spent mucking about in airships.

Quotes from Slide Rule. He was made sslide of at his school in Hammersmith, not only by his school mates, but by his teachers, too. To ask other readers questions about Slide Ruleplease sign up. He finally go a job working on the R which was being built in competition with the R