As harrowing as the disaster was the fate of the 705 survivors whose lives were scarred by the horrors of that night. Andrew Wilson, the equal of Walter Lord, reports this side of the story in 'Shadow of the Titanic' , a gripping account of the sinking s bitter aftermath --The Observer
Their stories are invariably sad affairs of depression, anger and, in some cases, suicide, as the survivors tried and generally failed to banish thoughts of the horror from their minds. The seasoned journalist s account is well conceived and written, as he explores an original angle on the infamous event --The Sunday Business Post
'Shadow of the Titanic' distances [itself] from any portentous tendency to mythologise, choosing instead to tell the story as a series of mini-tragedies seen through the eyes of multifarious participants in the event --Financial Times
In the early hours of 15 April 1912, after the majestic liner Titanic had split apart and the 1,500 men, women and children struggled to stay alive in the freezing Atlantic, the sea was alive with the sound of screaming. Then, as the ship sank to the ocean floor and the passengers slowly died from hypothermia, a deathly silence settled over the sea. Yet the echoes of that night reverberated through the lives of each of the 705 survivors. SURVIVING THE TITANIC tells the extraordinary stories of some of those who survived.
Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night, in effect a disaster that has been likened to the destruction of a small town?
Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking, SURVIVING THE TITANIC will shed new light on this enduringly fascinating story by showing how the disaster continued to shape the lives of a cross-section of passengers who escaped the sinking ship.