Nostalgic needs nabbed Nevil by the novelistic 'nads and gnawed them to nubbins. The only reason I read this all the way to the end was because I wanted to know how Janet Prentice ended up at Coombargana. I'm giving it two stars rather than one because Shute demonstrates very well how people who have served in a great war are at loose ends when the war is over. They find themselves wishing for another war so their lives can once again have meaning and camaraderie. Can't say I'd recommend the book, though. Dreadfully dull, and that's coming from someone who usually enjoys WWII novels.