Beyond the Black Stump
by Nevil Shute
The Book Club, 1956, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and marking to covers, previous owners inscription on front endpaper, dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, small chips and tears (see photographs)
“Beyond the Black Stump means to an Australian the country at the back of beyond, the “outback” or the edge of the world. The scene of Nevil Shute’s new novel is set mainly in such a place, a sheep station of nearly a million acres lost in the wilds of Western Australia, and he brings that sun-parched world brilliantly to life.
What such a world means to a young American sent there to drill for oil, and what his world in a little American town means to the Australian girl who visits it, is left for the reader to discover.
This is a study of contrasts in character both personal and racial, a comparison of two vastly different ways of life. It is told with the lightness of touch, the humour and the realism that one has come to expect from the author of A Town Like Alice.”