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. Some trivial handling; a fine copy without dust-jacket. '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 #59764
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