After taking on the ill-fated Scott expedition to the South Pole in her previous book, The Birthday Boys
, the novelist tackles a much larger 1912 disaster: the sinking of the Titanic. The narrator, a 22-year-old named Morgan, brushes up against real-life victims such as John James Astor early in the voyage, while falling in love with the beautiful and unobtainable Wallis Ellery. The deadly maiden voyage of the world's largest ocean liner becomes a journey of self-discovery in this portentous, postmodern work, short-listed for the 1996 Booker Prize.
Extraordinary... a wholly new and highly individual work of art... beautifully written (INDEPENDENT
Marvellous... exquisite pacing... stunning descriptions (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
A narrative both sparkling and deep... the cost of raising [the Titanic] is prohibitive; Bainbridge does the next best thing (SUNDAY TIMES
Bainbridge's masterpiece (EVENING STANDARD