There was a layer of cumulus, about seven-tenths, with tops at about five thousand feet as we came to Essendon airport.
She opened a drawer and took out a bag of dark blue leather. She opened it, and picked out the pen. It was a Parker 51, dark blue in colour, in good condition; the ink was still fresh in the nib. It had been used for writing very recently.
I did quite a lot of flying at the London Aeroplane Club, at Panshanger, on Tiger Moths and Austers.
"I hope so," I replied. "And now I'll tell you why."
"The Breaking Wave "is one of Nevil Shute's most poignant and psychologically suspenseful novels, set in the years just after World War II. Sidelined by a wartime injury, fighter pilot Alan Duncan reluctantly returns to his parents' remote sheep station in Australia to take the place of his brother Bill, who died a hero in the war. But his homecoming is marred by the suicide of his parents' parlourmaid, of whom they were very fond. Alan soon realises that the dead young woman is not the person she pretended to be. Upon discovering that she had served in the Royal Navy and participated along with his brother in the secret build-up to the Normandy invasion, Alan sets out to piece together the tragic events and the lonely burden of guilt that unravelled one woman's life. In the process of finding the answer to the mystery, he realises how much he had in common with this woman he never knew and how "a war can go on killing people long after it's all over."… (more)