Trustee from the Toolroom, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Keith Stewart is an ordinary man. However, one day he is called upon to undertake an extraordinary task.

When his sister's boat is wrecked in the Pacific, he becomes trustee for his little niece.

In order to save her from destitution he has to embark on a 2,000 mile voyage in a small yacht in inhospitable waters.

His adventures and the colorful characters he meets on his journey make this book a marvelous tale of courage and friendship.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099529989



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Keith Stewart is a simple man, who has retired to follow his passion of making miniature functioning engines and machinery. He makes a small sum of money writing about these engineering projects for a magazine called the Miniature Mechanic. Living with his wife, who works in a local shop to help support them, he couldn't be happier. Things become complicated, however, when Keith's sister and husband die in a ship wreck on a small island off Tahiti, leaving their young daughter in his care. Now as trustee for the girl, he finds himself making a journey across the world by plane and boat to ensure her inheritance. This is a fairly simple and straightforward adventure/travel story in which the difficulties of money and distance put Keith into a position of stepping out of his comfortable home and into the big world. He approaches these adventures with an honest manner and a continued fascination for how things work, drawing interest and sympathy from those he meets. One of the wonderful things about this story is how unaware Keith was of his affect in the world. As a small man making small machines in his basement and writing about it, he never knew how far his articles traveled or the impact they had on his readers. It's this far reaching impact on others that ultimately saves him in the end and it's wonderful to read.

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It's hard to name my favourite Shute, but if I had to do it, I would probably end up with this one.Keith Stewart is a fairly ordinary man who finds himself in extraordinary situations and finds out that he can do what he has to do, and do it extraordinarily well.

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