Nevil Shute Norway was a British novelist and aeronautical engineer. His novels are written in a simple, highly readable style, with clearly delineated plot lines. Where there is a romantic element, sex is referred to only obliquely. Many of the stories are introduced by a narrator who is not a character in the story. The most common theme in his novels is the dignity of work, spanning all classes, whether an Eastern European bar “hostess” (Ruined City) or brilliant boffin (No Highway).