On the Beach


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There has been a terrible nuclear war in the northern countries and all life has been destroyed there. Now the deadly radiation is travelling south. On the Beach describes the lives of the Holmes family and their friends as the radiation comes closer and closer. Is this the end of life on earth?

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David W

Sep 22, 2014

Whose finger on the button ?

With everybody firing off their nuclear weapons the world becomes a place where life itself can no longer exist. Gradually the cloud of death works its way south from the northern latitudes. The story, set in Australia, follows the lives of people unable to accept the inevitable until the bleak ending. There is no happy ending. This book should be required reading for all, especially those with their fingers on the button. Stop and think. Not what will be the immediate result of my actions, but what will be the long term outcome for all mankind ?


May 6, 2011

Classic Book

I had never read this novel, nor watched the movie. The story, written years ago, could be from now. The book is timeless. I have read many of Nevil Shute's books, but this one really stands out & I will never forget it.

Cindy F

Sep 23, 2010

Great Story

Very good novel. Had me thinking about what could have happened in a nuclear global war.

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