Shute is one of the rare writers to have applied it to a whole group of people - the last of humanity - and carried out the thought experiment as to how people like him (and I suppose people rather like me) would react.
What I like about Shute is that I don't always have any idea what kind of story he's going to tell when he starts out.
It is a round, two-storied, yellow little fortification, standing at one end of a green marsh known as Shute's Folly Island.
Portraits by artists from the mid 1830s, such as Dr. Samuel and Ruth Shute , will be contrasted with works by 20th-century artists like James Castle .
After "hours of coaxing and several gallons of China tea", the journalist Nerina Shute eventually got him to open up.