How to Survive the Titanic: Or, the Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay

Version: Unabridged
Author: Frances Wilson
Narrator: Robin Sachs
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Published In: October 2011
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 18 minutes
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On the terrifying, chaotic night of April 14, 1912, while the Titanic was sinking, Bruce J. Ismay, the ship's owner, made a decision that would save his life - and end it. Ismay boarded a lifeboat meant for women and children, and within days became The Most Talked-of Man in the World. Branded a coward, he became a flesh-and-blood embodiment of Joseph Conrad's legendary eponymous character, Lord Jim. How to Survive the Titanic interweaves numerous historical accounts and sources with insights drawn from Conrad's novels. Unlike other survivors, this pivotal figure never again spoke about the Titanic. This intriguing history offers a sympathetic yet clear eyed explanation why - important lessons all of us need to survive the tragedies and choices of our own lives.

Reviews (1)

good but lots of statistics

Written by JEH on April 7th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed the book, I would recommend it and I learned a lot but there were a lot of stats and the legal 'trial' into the sinking included a lot of testimony which was presented verbatim. I found that a little tedious. When I think of the Cameron movie of the Titanic, I can see Ismay standing at the top of the stairs as the ship is taking on water, now I see the whole man.

Author Details

Author Details

Wilson, Frances

Frances Wilson was educated at Oxford University and lectured on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English literature for fifteen years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books include "Literary Seductions: Compulsive Writers and Diverted Readers" and "The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth: A Life", which won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize. She reviews widely in the British press and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She divides her time between London and Normandy.