A BOOK TO READ.
A BOOK TO READ AGAIN.
A TERRIFYING PROPHECY.
A REASON TO ACT NOW.
The last generation...
innocent victims of an accidental war, living out the last days, making plans that will never be carried out, making do with what they have—however temporary it might be—hoping for the miracle that will not come. As the deadly rain moves ever closer, and the world as we know it winds toward an inevitable end.
ON THE BEACH is the story of a small community of men and women who have the courage and faith to love and work and live in the face of imminent death...
In the Northern Hemisphere, the end had come suddenly, disastrously, touched off by a skirmish that became a nuclear war.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the end would come slowly, as radiation drifted in the wind. There would be time to prepare, time to seek solace in religion, or alcohol, or frenzied sex, or in the thing that one had always wanted to do. To drive a fast, expensive car. To buy some splendid object with one's life savings. To consume the best bottles of wine from the cellar of one's club.
In the end, when the sickness could not be stopped, the government would issue cyanide pills to those who waited, hoping they would not have to use them, knowing they would.
The most shocking fiction I have read in years. What is shocking about it is both the idea and the sheer imaginative brilliance with which Mr. Shute brings it off."—The San Francisco Chronicle
"Only a very humane writer could have told a story as desolate as this and made it seem at once so close and implacable. The book held a kind of cobra fascination for me. I didn't want to keep on looking, but I did to the end."—Atlantic
"As a piece of writing it is terrific. As a world warning it is more terrifying that anything yet put into print..."—Brig. General S.L.A. MarshallSignet - Janurary 1960 6th Printing
ON THE BEACH "To miss this book would be to miss one of the century's greatest tales..." —Philip Wylie
ON THE BEACH is reality just a push-button away. Read it now... when you can be sure it's only fiction
The Silent Menace
This is the most thrilling, shocking, thought-provoking novel you will read this year.
It is the suspense-packed story of the last survivors of a devastating nuclear war. A group of ordinary people, they live at the brink of death...
Each faces disaster in his own way. A pretty girl drinks too much and tries to entice a married man into a passionate love affair. A young couple gallantly makes plans for their infant daughter's future. A sedate scientist buys a high-powered sports car and enters a racing competition.
A phenomenal bestseller and a Book-of-the-Month Club Selection in its original edition. ON THE BEACH is now a major motion picture. Starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, released thru United Artists.
"The most shocking fiction I have read in years. What is shocking about it is both the idea and the sheer imaginative brilliance with which Mr. Shute brins it off." —San Francisco Chronicle
"A moving, important book... If you don't read it, you're missing a notable emotional experience." —Chicago Sunday Tribune
"Should be read be every thinking person. An unusually able and imaginative job." —New York Herald Tribune