Shadow of the Titanic
The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived
By Andrew Wilson
(Atria Books, Paperback, 9781451671575, 416pp.)
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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We think we know the story of the Titanic—the once majestic and supposedly unsinkable ship that struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America—but very little has been written about the vessel’s 705 survivors. How did the events of that horrific night in the icy waters of the North Atlantic affect the lives of those who lived to tell the tale?
Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished letters, memoirs, diaries, and interviews with their family members, award-winning journalist Andrew
Wilson brings to life the survivors’ colorful voices, from the famous, like heiress Madeleine Astor, to the lesser known second-and third-class passengers, such as the Navratil brothers, who were traveling under assumed names because they were being abducted by their father.
More than one hundred years after that fateful voyage, Shadow of the Titanic adds an important new dimension to this enduringly captivating story.
Andrew Wilson is the author of Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith; Harold Robbins: The Man Who Invented Sex; and the novel The Lying Tongue. He has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and the Daily Mail. He lives in London.
“Wilson’s fresh angle convincingly explores the strain on survivors.”
-- New York Times Book Review
“This is a captivating read that begins where most other Titanic books end.”
--The Library Journal (Starred Review)
"With this survival tale, Wilson has carved out a fascinating slice of the [Titanic] story."
-- USA Today
“Andrew Wilson’s eloquent chronicle of the dark side of survival offers fresh information, fascinating insights, and masterful storytelling. A spellbinding voyage into the uncharted depths of the Titanic tragedy.” -- Deborah Davis, author of Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X