«On the Beach»

«On the Beach»

About it:

After a nuclear World War III has destroyed most of the globe, the few remaining survivors in southern Australia await the radioactive cloud that is heading their way and is going to bring certain death to everyone in its path. Among them is an America submarine captain struggling to resist the knowledge that his wife and children in the United States must be dead. A faint Morse code signal is picked, transmitting from somewhere near Seattle, and, Captain Towers must lead his submarine crew on a bleak tour of the ruined world in desperate search for a sign of life. On the Beach is a remarkable convincing portrait of how ordinary people might face disaster… difficult unimaginable nightmare.



Nevil Shute Norway was a popular British novelist and successful aeronautical engineer.  He used Nevil Shute as his pen name and his full name in his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novel. He lived in Australia for ten years before his death.


Peter Holmes: Peter is a hard working military man who loves the sea and his job. He is strong enough to face the  he might have to kill his daughter when radiation sickness sets in, but he still clings to hope and plans his garden for  the next years.

Dwight Towers: He is the hard working, loyal, soft spoken captain of the American nuclear submarine. Dwight knows how to lead his crew and he does it well. He also realizes that his job carries obligations and that he must fulfill them, even in these trying and strange circumstances. He does his work with a sense of who he is and what his role is in the world.

Mary Holmes: Mary spends most of the time raising baby Jennifer and thinking of ways to improve their garden. She resists accepting that her safe, controllable world is coming to an end.

Moira Davidson: She is lively, flirtatious twenty-year-old woman who turns to alcohol as a relief from the despair that she will never be able to marry, have family, travel or fulfill any of her other ambitions .

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