London: William Heinemann, 1953. [Adventure/romance] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.354. Bound in red publisher's cloth with title and author's name in gilt to spine, in an unclipped pictorial dust-jacket depicting farm and woodland animals against a sinister swamp background. Book is fine, jacket toned to spine with a chip at the crown, backed with old newspaper for support at folds and edges. Very good. 'In The Wet' is Nevil Shute's speculative glance into the future of the British Empire. An elderly clergyman stationed in the Australian bush is called to the bedside of a dying derelict. In his delirium Stevie tells a story of England in 1983 through the medium of a squadron air pilot in the service of Queen Elizabeth II. Item #59742
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