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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408140284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408140284
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nic Compton is a writer/photographer specialising in sailing - but with a keen interest in environmental issues. After an idyllic childhood on boats in the Mediterranean, he returned to the UK at age 14 to complete his formal education, including in a degree in English with American & Commonwealth Arts at Exeter University. After a decade or so working as a journeyman shipwright, he studied Journalism at City University, eventually fetching up at the offices of Classic Boat in land-locked Croydon. He was deputy editor and then editor of the magazine from 1994 to 2000. That was when he gave up the security of the monthly pay packet for the vagaries of freelance life. Since then he has travelled the world as a writer/photographer, contributing to a variety of magazines, and has written 15 books mostly about boats. He recently completed an MA in Global Political Economy at Sussex University, and co-wrote two books about economics. He currently lives in Brighton, UK, from where he sails a 12ft Western Skiff. More information at www.niccompton.co.uk.

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Book Description

In the words of those who survived the sinking, this is the story of the Titanic's

final hours, taken from the transcripts of the US and British inquiries, and

specially rearranged into chronological order to present the disaster

as a real-time narrative.

About the Author

Nic Compton was Editor of Classic Boat Magazine until 2000, and since then has travelled the world as a journalist and photographer. He has written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Independent, Yachting Monthly and Yachting World and is the author of a wide range of books on nautical subjects.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been posting and blogging on the Titanic on this the anniversary weekend. Many many books have been published, some better than others but Titanic on Trial by Nic Compton, published by Bloomsbury is one of my favourites out of this genre. This is an account of the sinking told through the testimonies of the passengers and crew. Difficult to pick out which letters and accounts to quote as they are all, without exception, very moving. Moving in the matter of fact way in which they tell what happened. Written in straightforward prose they have more impact than the most flowery words could do:

"I want to say that there was nothing but the most heroic conduct on the part of all men and women at the at time, where I was at the bow on the port side. No man asked to get in a boat....no woman every sobbed or wrung her hands and everything appeared perfectly orderly. Lightoller was Nicsplendid in his conduct with the crew and the crew did their duty" Archibald Gracie - First class passenger

"They tried to keep us down at first on our steerage deck. They did now want us to go up to the First Class place at all. I cannot say who they were - I think they were sailors.....the gate was not locked at the time we made the attempt to get up there but the sailor, or whoever he was, locked it. So this fellow went up and broke the lock. All the steerage passengers went up on the First Class deck when the gate was broken. They all got up there. They could not keep them down...." Daniel Buckley, Third class passenger

A ship, the SS Californian, was not far away but it seemed did not realise the ship they located was the Titanic, nor that it was in trouble.

"I was talking with the engineer about keeping the steam ready and we saw these signals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Tickner on 5 Feb. 2013
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This is a great read. Tells the story from setting sail to the aftermath and inquests. The narative way it is written from the stories of those on board is excellent and makes hard to put down. Well worth buying
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By seanterrington on 1 Dec. 2012
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This is much more effective as a presentation of actual events than a story format would be. It being the actual words of survivors and those involved in the rescue gives the book added authority.
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