How to Survive the Titanic or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay (Paperback)
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How to Survive the Titanic or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay (Paperback)

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Published: 15/03/2012
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**WINNER OF THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY 2012**The strange and fascinating story of the owner of the Titanic, J. Bruce Ismay, the man who jumped ship'Beautifully written, and beautifully deconstructed' Sunday Times'Wonderfully rich and multi-layered . . . Full of fascinating details . . . Every sentence crackles with intelligence' Mail on SundayAs the Titanic sinks on that fateful day in April 1912, a thousand men prepared to die. J. Bruce Ismay, the ship’s owner and inheritor of the White Star fortune, however, jumps into a lifeboat with the women and children and rows away to safety.

Publicly reviled as a coward, Ismay became, according to one headline, ‘The Most Talked-of Man in the World’ and the first victim of a press hate campaign. His reputation never recovered and while other survivors were piecing together their accounts, Ismay never spoke of his beloved ship again.

With the help of that great narrator of the sea, Joseph Conrad, whose Lord Jim so uncannily foretold Ismay’s fate, Frances Wilson explores the reasons behind Ismay’s jump, his desperate need to make sense of the horror of it all, and to find a way of living with ignominy.

Wilson’s biography of Ismay depicts the indelible stain of public disrepute and a life led in the aftermath of seismic disaster.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408828151
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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Beautifully written, and beautifully deconstructed - Sunday Times

A gripping study - part reportage, part biography, part literary criticism - of the more intimate ramifications of a disaster which still haunts the public imagination - Sunday Telegraph

Wonderfully rich and multi-layered ... Full of fascinating details ... It is one of the few works of recent non-fiction that would benefit from a second, or even a third reading. Every sentence crackles with intelligence - Mail on Sunday

Masterful and timely - Daily Telegraph

An unusual and creative book ... in the end, the subject of this fascinating book is not just historical or biographical uncertainty, but psychological and moral ambiguity - Guardian

Wilson's biography is beautifully written and beautifully constructed - Sunday Times

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“Titanic Tragedy”

J.Bruce Ismay was a very sensitive and private person and it is high time that books such as this and other publications, stopped suggesting that he was a coward, and even on some occasions are still, in these... More

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“Best book about the Titanic disaster”

This is a really wonderful book. A must read for anyone interested in the Titanic, fear or late-Victorian / Edwardian history.

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