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A Town Like Alice


"A Town Like Alice" is an economic development and romance novel by Nevil Shute, published in 1950 when Shute had newly settled in Australia. Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman, becomes romantically interested in a fellow prisoner of World War II in Malaya, and after liberation emigrates to Australia to be with him, where she attempts, by investing her substantial financial inheritance, to generate economic prosperity in a small outback community — to turn it into "a town like Alice" i.e. Alice Springs.

  • also known as "A Town Like Alice (Reed Audio)"; "A Town Like Alice (Guided Reader)"; "A Town Like Alice (Macmillan Readers)"; "A Town Like Alice ( Guided Readers, Intermediate Level)"; "The legacy"; The Legacy
  • language: English Language
  • genre: Fiction
  • subjects: Adventure, Military branch, Literary, Australia, Popular literature
  • released in (66 years ago)


"A Town Like Alice" is a 1956 British drama film, based on the 1950 novel by Nevil Shute and with Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch in the leading roles. The film does not follow the whole novel, concluding at the end of Part Two of the book, and many plot details are truncated or omitted. It was partially filmed in Malaya and Australia.


A Town Like Alice is a five-hour 1981 Australian television adaptation of Nevil Shute's novel of the same name. Produced by the Seven Network, and directed by David Stevens, it was the second major adaptation of the book.

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of British Cinema (2013)

by Alan Burton, Steve Chibnall

Best British Actor: Peter Finch (A Town Like Alice) Best British Actress: Virginia McKenna (A Town Like Alice) British Screenplay: Nigel Balchin (The Man Who Never Was) 1958 Best Film and British Film: Bridge on the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Literary Pseudonyms in the English Language (2015)

by T.J. Carty

Nevil Shute (A Town Like Alice; Trusteefrom the Toolroom ) ...

Google previewThe Describer's Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations (Expanded Second Edition) (2014)

by David Grambs, Ellen S. Levine

—N EVILS HUTE, A Town Like Alice Itwas midday whenI emerged from the forest intoan openspace at thefoot ofthepeninsula. A broad lake ofbeautiful curvature, with magnificent surroundings, laybeforeme, glittering in the sunbeams.

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

Gaskell—North and South Book by Nelson Mandela—Long Walk to Freedom Book by Nevil Shute—A Town Like Alice Book by Richmal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Television (2014)

by Horace Newcomb

Also worthy of note were Jackson's always reliable appearances in other classic television programs, which ranged from Doctor F inlay' s Casebook to the Australian-made A Town Like Alice and Stars on Sunday (as host). DAVID PICKERING ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Motion Picture Sound (2001)

by Marty McGee

A Town Like Alice (1956, SM/SR); The Battle of the River Plate (1956, ...

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