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* AmateurSleuth: the model engineer Keith Stewart is this, for a real-world engineering problem rather than a crime.

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* AmateurSleuth: the The model engineer Keith Stewart is this, for a real-world engineering problem rather than a crime.

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* AlliterativeFamily: Two of them. Keith and Katie; John, Joanna and Janice.


* HyperCompetentSidekick: Julie Perlberg, personal assistant to Sol Hirzhorn [[spoiler: and his illegitimate granddaughter]]

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* HyperCompetentSidekick: Julie Perlberg, personal assistant to Sol Hirzhorn [[spoiler: Hirzhorn, and his illegitimate granddaughter]]
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* CoversAlwaysLie: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trustee_from_the_Toolroom#/media/File%3ATrusteeFromTheToolroom.jpg The first edition cover]] shows a man and a girl on a tropical island. Keith's niece never leaves England.


* [[SimpleMindedwisdom Simple Minded Wisdom]]: Jack Donnelly is semi-literate and somewhat simple-minded. He can also hand-build a boat and sail it over thousands of miles of ocean by following aeroplanes or seabirds.

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* [[SimpleMindedwisdom Simple Minded Wisdom]]: Jack Donnelly is semi-literate and somewhat simple-minded. He can also hand-build a boat and sail it over thousands of miles of ocean by following aeroplanes or seabirds.


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* SimpleMindedWisdom: Jack Donnelly is semi-literate and somewhat simple-minded. He can also hand-build a boat and sail it over thousands of miles of ocean by following aeroplanes or seabirds.


1960 novel written by Creator/NevilShute in which Keith Stewart, a mild-mannered staff writer for a model engineering hobby magazine, crosses continents and moves mountains to regain a lost fortune for his niece.


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1960 novel written by Creator/NevilShute in which Keith Stewart, a mild-mannered staff writer for a model engineering hobby magazine, crosses continents and moves mountains to regain a lost fortune fortune[[note]]£25,000 -- about £600,000 in 2020[[/note]] for his niece.



1960 novel written by Nevil Shute in which Keith Stewart, a mild-mannered staff writer for a model engineering hobby magazine, crosses continents and moves mountains to regain a lost fortune for his niece.


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1960 novel written by Nevil Shute Creator/NevilShute in which Keith Stewart, a mild-mannered staff writer for a model engineering hobby magazine, crosses continents and moves mountains to regain a lost fortune for his niece.




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* JustifiedCriminal: Both Keith Stewart and his brother in law John Dermott are portrayed as upstanding citizens. Nevertheless, both take it for granted that Dermott is justified in smuggling diamonds into Canada in order to give them a financial start in their new home. [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Literature]], as the post-war regulations limiting the amount of wealth that could be taken out of the UK were widely evaded by otherwise law-abiding people. The trope also applies to Stewart’s efforts to get the diamonds back [[spoiler: from their place of concealment in the wrecked yacht on the other side of the world.]]

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* JustifiedCriminal: Both Keith Stewart and his brother in law John Dermott are portrayed as upstanding citizens. Nevertheless, both take it for granted that Dermott is justified in smuggling diamonds into Canada in order to give them his family a financial start in their new future home. [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Literature]], as the post-war regulations limiting the amount of wealth that could be taken out of the UK were widely evaded by otherwise law-abiding people. The trope also applies to Stewart’s efforts to get the diamonds back [[spoiler: from their place of concealment in the wrecked yacht on the other side of the world.]]


* PowerOfTrust: The premise of the whole story is the trust placed in Keith Stewart by his sister and her husband to look after their daughter. While they never doubted that he would act honourably, until the situation demanded that he rise to the occasion neither they nor he guessed how capable he would be. Also, the trope is shown in the way Stewart’s articles for ''Miniature Mechanic'' magazine serve as a passport of trust for him to gain the help of a worldwide community of model engineering hobbyists.

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* PowerOfTrust: The premise of the whole story is the trust placed in Keith Stewart by his sister and her husband to look after their daughter. While they never doubted that he would act honourably, until the situation demanded that he rise to the occasion neither they nor he guessed how capable he would be. Also, the trope is shown in the way that Stewart’s articles for ''Miniature Mechanic'' magazine serve as a passport of trust for him to gain the help of a worldwide community of model engineering hobbyists.


* PowerOfTrust: The premise of the whole story is the trust placed in Keith Stewart by his sister and her husband to look after their daughter. While they never doubted that he would act honourably, until the situation demanded that he rise to the occasion neither they nor he guessed how capable he would be. Also, Stewart’s articles for ''Miniature Mechanic'' magazine serve as a passport of trust for him to gain the help of a worldwide community of model engineering hobbyists.

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* PowerOfTrust: The premise of the whole story is the trust placed in Keith Stewart by his sister and her husband to look after their daughter. While they never doubted that he would act honourably, until the situation demanded that he rise to the occasion neither they nor he guessed how capable he would be. Also, the trope is shown in the way Stewart’s articles for ''Miniature Mechanic'' magazine serve as a passport of trust for him to gain the help of a worldwide community of model engineering hobbyists.


* [[SimpleMindedwisdom Simple Minded Wisdom]]: Jack Donnelly is semi-literate and somewhat simple-minded. He can also hand-build a boat and sail it over thousands of miles by following aeroplanes or seabirds.

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* [[SimpleMindedwisdom Simple Minded Wisdom]]: Jack Donnelly is semi-literate and somewhat simple-minded. He can also hand-build a boat and sail it over thousands of miles of ocean by following aeroplanes or seabirds.


* SeriousBusiness: Model engineering . This is the book of the trope in its most benign form.

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* SeriousBusiness: Model engineering .engineering is this for many of the characters. This is the book of the trope in its most benign form.


* [[SimpleMindedwisdom Simple Minded Wisdom]]: Jack Donnelly is semi-literate, somewhat simple-minded, and boozy. He can also hand-build a boat and sail it over thousands of miles by following aeroplanes or seabirds.

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* [[SimpleMindedwisdom Simple Minded Wisdom]]: Jack Donnelly is semi-literate, semi-literate and somewhat simple-minded, and boozy.simple-minded. He can also hand-build a boat and sail it over thousands of miles by following aeroplanes or seabirds.

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