Although this book is called 'Titanic Survivor' and includes a vivid and exciting description of that memorable event, the rest of Violet Jessop's life contained many interesting episodes that are recounted in this book.
Her childhood in Argentina was happy, though overshadowed by her own serious illness, and the illness and death of more than one sibling. Her teenage years, spent at a convent school in Kent run by Breton nuns, also seems to have been happy.
Feeling obliged to give up further education in order to support her mother and younger siblings, Violet embarked on a long career as a ship's stewardess. though there seem to have been many things about being a stewardess that she disliked, particularly the beggarly wages and the fact that they were mostly reliant on tips, she nevertheless continued to work at sea for most of her life.
A pretty girl, she had plenty of opportunities for romance, and turned down at least one very eligible proposal of marriage. The strong romantic attachment she felt to a young Australian called Ned in the end came to nothing, and although she was apparently briefly married, the book says nothing about it.
The sinking of the Titanic is memorably described, but even more dramatic is the sinking of the Britannic, in 1916, the description of which is not for the squeamish. Although the loss of life was comparatively small (only 28 died) a lot of people were horribly maimed by the propellers of the ship, and the descriptions of their horrific injuries make blood-curdling reading.
The editor, John Maxtone-Graham, occasionally casts doubt on certain passages, beleiving they may have been misremembered or exaggerated, but whether they are or not this certainly is an entertaining and memorable book.