Ruined City – A story of romance with a vintage feel.
Ruined City the gripping story of a successful, respected banker. Henry Warren risks his fortune and reputation to bring health and employment to a dead city whose inhabitants are the starving victims of depression.
A shipbuilding town in the North of England during the Great Depression has given up hope. A successful banker Henry Warren arrives, falls ill, confined to hospital. He sees locals dying for no apparent reason and aims to help. But all is not well with the schemes of Henry Warren.
Easy to read novel with a heat-warming storyline, this novel revolves around a run-down town that was a successful ship-building yard in the past. The shipyard was poorly managed and lost orders leaving the town without the main source of employment. In steps the anonymous hero banker who happens to taken to the town hospital to have an emergency operation. The gradual buildup of the relationship with the hospital almoner, the determination of the banker with a new mission and the consequences of rather risky re-launch of the shipyard make up the web that Nevil Shute weaves to captivate the reader. A good story, even many decades later.