Theodore Honey is a shy, inconspicuous aircraft engineer whose eccentric interests in quantum mechanics and spiritualism are frowned upon in aviation circles. But when a passenger plane crashes in unexplained circumstances, Honey must convince his superiors that his unorthodox theories are correct before more lives are lost.
The title, No Highway, is taken from the poem "The Wanderer" by John Masefield, which Shute quotes at the start of the book:
"Therefore, go forth, companion: when you find
No Highway more, no track, all being blind,
The way to go shall glimmer in the mind."
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Spell-binding and cliffhanging!
a 5 star story, with an endearingly unlikely hero which is always an asset. A most brilliant boffin, he predicts metal fatigue in a newly designed aircraft which due to his complete lack of ‘social skills’ which come close to autism - no one will believe. Shute was an outstanding aeronautical engineer himself before his books became international best sellers. He doubtless foresaw this fault, as it did indeed happen at a later date. He therefore knew at first hand the ‘political’ complexities surrounding the design & marketing of a new aircraft. Instead of writing bitterly about the committee meetings & the ‘top brass’ characters involved, he makes them both witty & brilliant.
Another intriguing element is the use of extra sensory perception. Shute definitely has this trait in his make up & we see it in other books, but given that this story is about science & technology, it is a fascinating idea
His women can be infuriatingly demeaning in their submissive self- sacrificial ‘backing up their men’ stance. But written in 1948 perhaps there wasn’t the choice we now have. Never mind, however dated, a great story is a great story!