Pastoral (1944 novel)

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First US edition (William Morrow)

Pastoral is a novel by the English author Nevil Shute.[1] It was first published in 1944 by Heinemann. Its theme is that even in the midst of war, and among warriors, everyday life, such as romance, will continue.[2]


Pastoral is a romance set on an English airbase which revolves around the pilot and crew of a Vickers Wellington bomber, their interest in fishing, and the pilot's developing relationship with a young WAAF signals officer.


After its release the book received reviews from The Washington Post and The New York Times,[3] the latter of which wrote that the book was "an excellent story and its writer grows in sublety and skill with each succeeding novel".[4]


  1. ^ Hampson, John (1944). "The Ballad and the Source. By Rosamond Lehmann. The Innovator. By John Brett Robey. Pastoral. By Nevil Shute (Book Review)". The London Spectator.
  2. ^ Gosling, Jonathan; Villiers, Peter (2012-11-14). Fictional Leaders: Heroes, Villains and Absent Friends. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 87–89. ISBN 9781137272744.
  3. ^ "Pastoral. By Nevil Shute. Morrow. $2.50 (review)". The Washington Post (subscription required). September 3, 1944.
  4. ^ MALLET, ISABELLE (August 27, 1944). "An Idyl of Wartime England". The New York Times (subscription required).

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