“The most haunting evocation we have of a world dying of radiation after an atomic war.”—The New York Times
"On the Beach played an important role in raising awareness about the threat of nuclear war. We stared into the abyss and then stepped back from the brink."—The Guardian
"On the Beach is a dynamite isolation read."—Chris Flynn, author of Mammoth
Set in Melbourne following a catastrophic war in the northern hemisphere, Nevil Shute’s classic is the story of a handful of survivors in the terrifying aftermath of nuclear apocalypse. First published in 1957—and famously adapted for the screen soon after by Stanley Kramer, in a film starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner—On the Beach is the perhaps the greatest work of popular fiction about the end of the world.