Living with the memory of the night of April 15, 1912 was difficult for most of the survivors of the Titanic, but forgetting it was impossible. This is a collection of histories of some of the prominent players in the epic drama in the North Atlantic: John Jacob Astor's 18-year old widow, J. Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, Edith Russell, who became obsessed with the tragedy, and the Duff Gordons who found themselves embroiled in a vicious scandal after they escaped the liner in a lifeboat that contained only 12 people. Fascinating stories of endurance, triumph, and tragedy. — Alden Graves
From an acclaimed literary biographer, a riveting and groundbreaking account of what happened to the survivors of the Titanic.
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Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished letters, memoirs, diaries, and interviews with their family members, award-winning journalist Andrew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.
About the Author
Andrew Wilson is an award-winning journalist and author. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Sunday Times, and the SmithsonianMagazine. He is the author of four acclaimed biographies, a book about the survivors of the Titanic, and the novels, The Lying Tongue, A Talent for Murder, A Different Kind of Evil, Death in a Desert Land.
“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