London, Melbourne & Toronto: Heinemann, 1960, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Keith Stewarts life resembled that of thousands of other Englishmen. He lived in Baling, he was happily married, he worked hard for a small salary, he had a mortgage to pay off and he was a contented man. In his house he had fixed up a model engineering workshop, and through his contributions to the Miniature Mechanic was known, as his daily post proved, to enthusiasts all over the world.
One day the tramlines of Keith Stewarts life were torn up. He woke up to find that he had become the trustee of his ten-year-old niece and that he was committed to a wild quest for a cache which his own ingenuity had helped to hide. He began in deep waters on a 2,000 mile voyage across the Pacific in a small yacht with one companion, and a very strange one at that; and he ended in high altitudes among the top echelons of American big business. Keith Stewarts happiest discovery, apart from what he set out to find, was that he had more friends in the world than he knew about.
Nevil Shutes new book is on a theme dear to his heart: the ordeal of an ordinary man plunged into extraordinary circumstances and emerging with his personal values unshaken. Trustee from the Toolroom is a splendid story, whose sense of adventure and the power of friendship make it the happiest, as well as the last, of Nevil Shutes novels.
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with fraying to the spine ends and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 312 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.