As we approach the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, readers may want to brush up on facts or enjoy a story inspired by the tragic events of April 15, 1912.
"101 Things You Thought You Knew about the Titanic - But Didn't!" by Tim Maltin and Eloise Aston addresses myths and misconceptions about the sinking of the Titanic. The book is a collection of brief chapters on individual questions, rather than a narrative history. For a more traditional historical account, readers may try "Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner" by John Maxtone-Graham.
Richard Davenport-Hines focuses on the people associated with the Titanic in "Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From." For those who like to hear the story from those who experienced the event, there is "Titanic, First Accounts" edited by Tim Maltin. This reprinted edition collects letters and testimonies of survivors.
Fiction lovers may enjoy Kate Alcott's "The Dressmaker." This novel focuses on a young aspiring seamstress who is hired as a maid for the voyage on the ill-fated ship. Whether you want fast facts, detailed history, or a romantic story, SLCL has plenty of Titanic reading for you.
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