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Women and Children First

Women and Children First [Kindle Edition]

Gill Paul
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• A warm-hearted and engaging novel that breathes fresh life into the well-known tragedy of the Titanic’ Amanda Brookfield.

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Downton Abbey on the Titanic – an extraordinary saga set on board the most famous ship of all time.

The Titanic was the most magnificent ship ever built, offering every possible luxury to her passengers – yet on the night on the 14th of April, 1912, she sank in the North Atlantic, leaving the lucky ones floating in wooden rowing boats, and the rest struggling for their lives in the icy water.

This novel follows the fortunes of Reg, a handsome young steward who works in the first-class dining room; Annie, a gifted Irishwoman who is travelling to America with her four children; Juliette, a titled English lady who is pregnant and unmarried; an American millionaire and his wife who are trapped in a poisoned marriage; and a mystery passenger who never shows her face in public.

The sinking of the Titanic not only steals lives but blows apart the futures of those who survive. Coming to terms with the shocking events, survivors form new attachments, make decisions with tragic consequences, and watch all their old certainties crumble. How can life ever be the same again when you have heard 1,500 people dying in the water around you?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1184 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (29 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1CDKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gill Paul was born in Glasgow and now lives in London on the edge of Hampstead Heath, where she swims in the outdoor women's pond all year round. (It's supposed to be good for you if it doesn't kill you...) She writes historical fiction and non-fiction and has a new novel coming out in May, The Affair, which is set in Rome in 1961/2 when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love on the set of Cleopatra. A long-time Elizabeth Taylor fan, Gill was fascinated by that era when the paparazzi went wild over the Taylor-Burton affair, and churchmen and politicians condemned them. Society was starting to change but divorce was uncommon and women still gave up work on marriage, so Elizabeth Taylor was very modern for her times.

Gill's previous novel, Women and Children First, is set on board the Titanic and follows survivors for three months after the sinking to explore the way the shock affected them. Her non-fiction book, Titanic Love Stories, is about honeymoon couples on the ship who went from celebrating their marriages to fighting for their lives. And she has also written Civil War Love Stories, about couples who wrote to each other during the American Civil War.

As well as history, Gill writes on health, nutrition, relationships and Pilates, and is currently working on a book of World War Two love stories, due for publication in 2014.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, accurate and thought-provoking 2 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a genuinely fascinating, interesting and emotion-wrenching book. It is based around the lives of key people who were on board the Titanic when it sank, based on fact, but reproduced as fiction. We learn about and grow to love upper- and lower-class passengers in the lead-up to the disaster, but, most of all, we become intimate with Reg, a steward who has a host of dreams for his future and risks it all. This book provides a wealth of detail about the Titanic itself, including what life was really like on board, and the sinking itself had me reaching for the tissues just two paragraphs in. Most importantly, however, it focuses on what happens to our characters after the sinking. Suffering from what we might today call post-traumatic stress disorder, they move forward into their new lives with a weight on their shoulders and a tragedy perpetually on their minds. I won't spoil the story, but the dramatic events that ensue lead up to a crushing climax that is worthy of the very best fiction. The characters in this book are beautifully developed, and their stories are lovingly told. Most importantly, they are believable stories and characters, and their myriad adventures after the sinking give us a real insight into what it must have been like to have witnessed and lost so much. Reg is an endearing central character, and you'll find yourself shouting at him when he gets things wrong, and egging him on when he tries to do what's right. There are love stories, and painful partings; there is suspense, and a thrilling conclusion; most of all, however, there is, at the heart of this book, a very genuine portrayal of grief and, above all, hope. I could not put it down, and would recommend it to anyone.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read! Deep and moving. 12 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a gripping read from the very first page. Trust me - you won't be able to put it down. Once you get started kids will go unfed and emails unanswered.

I'm a bit of a Titanorac myself and can vouch that the research is spot on. Descriptions are well researched, but without intruding on the story. If you're not a Titanic expert, it's a good way to learn more about it.

I like the fact that the central character, Reg, is a crew member because this is a story that is not often told, and it's interesting to get his 'behind the scenes' look at the workings of the ship. What eventually happens to him is shocking and you really do share his journey.

You also view events through the eyes of two other characters as well - a lady in first class, and an Irish woman travelling with four children in third, so it shows how the different strata lived on the ship, and also how that affected how they reacted to and were treated during the disaster. It then follows them to show how they coped with what they've been through, with what nowadays might be labelled as post-traumatic stress, but which in those days you just kept to yourself, but which would nevertheless come out in other ways. This is what the book goes on to explore and is its great strength.

It's a top-notch story, compellingly told, and I'd recommend it to anyone. You in fact.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and riveting! 11 April 2012
By Miss G
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is the best book I've read so far this year. It was so interesting and historically accurate, and the four different characters in the book kept the pace of the book quick. I got if for 99p on Kindle, such a bargain!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at its best - beautifully written 24 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually write reviews, but felt compelled to say how much I enjoyed this brilliant book. Although the sinking of the ship is obviously an essential element, the author has gone much further and taken us deep into the lives of the survivors. The world she creates is as spellbinding as it is thought provoking. I fell for the main character, Reg, very early on. There is plenty of mystery and intrigue going on right from the start, making it hard to stop turning the page. The world and characters Gill Paul has created from her imagination and in-depth research is totally absorbing and powerfully emotional. This could be the best book you read this year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Titanic Novel With A Difference. 15 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In a market awash with "Titanic" novels this book focuses on a new angle by exploring the aftermath of the tragedy and it's impact on a number of survivors. An intelligent and moving story,well written ,compelling and thought provoking. Well worth a read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous tale 21 April 2012
What a wonderful book! I loved it and was so disappointed when I finished it.
This is a story which concentrates not only on the tragic voyage of the Titanic but also on the aftermath, and how the sinking affected its survivors' lives.
The main character is Reg, a young steward on the doomed ship. He is a charming warm hearted young man, there is also an unmarried but pregnant titled young lady named Juliette, desperate to find herself a husband so aws to escape her scandalous situation. An Irish passenger, Annie, travels with her children to join her husband in New York, and a wealthy American millionaire and his wife are amongst the passengers.
Once Titanic sinks, and this is obviously a harrowing part of the book, we discover how the survivors' lives develop following such a terrible tragedy. The characters in the main, are sympathetic and likeable with one or two deliberate exceptions, and the reader really cares what happens to them. The bulk of the book is actually set in New York after the events at sea and much is made of the class divide which existed in these times.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the author's next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women and Children First
From the moment I started reading this book, I found it very difficult to put down. I was eager to know the stories of each character and to find out their fate on the doomed ship. Read more
Published 29 days ago by KateM.90
5.0 out of 5 stars women and children first
great story with really great characters and very well written, I really enjoyed it I will certainly read more from this author.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars POIGNANTLY BEAUTIFUL!
I loved this book and found it very hard to put down. I was so glad that at the end the author explained what had happened to everyone that survived. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars ATitanic story
I enjoyed reading this angle on one of the most famous maritime tragedies of all time.A well crafted fictional tale based on people from all walks of life who were on board ship. Read more
Published 7 months ago by June Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Such a great book it really pulled me into it. It is a book that you really cannot put down.
Published 8 months ago by Emily Dingley
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Class Read.
Being a person who has a large collection of Titanic books and a good knowledge of it's history i make a point of reading anything to do with the ship. Read more
Published 9 months ago by barry.love1965
5.0 out of 5 stars Women and children first
This is a very moving story. Although the storyline is based on actual tragedy and events, some of it is made up or inspired by other people/events. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jenny C
5.0 out of 5 stars Women and Children First by Gill Paul
I was completely submerged (sorry; that just happened) while reading this book. I love her clean, unpretentious style and her attention to detail. Read more
Published 9 months ago by B. Massey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story.
Great story bringing to life the sinking of the Titanic. Enjoyed reading it from the different passengers and staffs prospective. Read more
Published 9 months ago by catriona
5.0 out of 5 stars Women and Children First by Gill Paul .
This BOOK gave me hour,s of interesting reading .I am looking now for more interesting Read,s in respect of the TITANIC.
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