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The secret stories we've been waiting to hear, 30 Dec. 2011
Most accounts of the Titanic disaster end when the Carpathia - the rescue ship that picked up the survivors - docks in New York. But what happened afterwards? This is the first account to tell the story of what happened to the survivors. The subtitle of the book is 'The extraordinary stories of those who survived' and it's true - the stories of the survivors are extraordinary. Andrew Wilson has written a gripping account of how the Titanic cast its shadow over the lives of the people who managed to survive. We meet a range of fascinating real-life characters: Dorothy Gibson, the silent film star who made the first movie about the Titanic within four weeks of the sinking, starring herself and wearing the dress she had worn the night she escaped from the ship. Then there's Madeleine Astor, who was a wife, a widow, an heiress and a mother all in the space of a single year. A whole chapter is devoted to the dark side of survival - which looks at a number of suicides of survivors. And the last section is devoted to how some people became celebrities by virtue of the fact that they survived. A fascinating insight. Brilliantly researched, incredibly moving and essential reading for anyone interested in the Titanic and its secret aftermath.