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Initial post: Mar 6, 2012 6:41:31 AM PST
sweenie says:
There's some pretty awful fiction out just now which is loosely linked with Titanic. I love historical fiction and I'm really taken with Titanic, so would welcome any other readers' suggestions for some good reads.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 3:37:10 PM PST
J. Dixon says:
Titanic 2012 (Curse of RMS Titanic - an Inspector Alastair Ransom title)
I just finished this. Thought it was really well done.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012 5:22:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2012 5:41:10 PM PST
Selene says:
Beryl Bainbridge's "Every Man for Himself"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/17/fiction-beryl-bainbridge-every-man-himself.

There's been a recent rash of family saga-style fiction set around the Titanic, but I haven't read any of these myself
Jessica Stirling The Last Voyage
Leah Fleming The Captain's Daughter
Rita Bradshaw Gilding the Lily

It's non-fiction, but Christopher Ward's And the Band Played On is a good read.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 4:44:06 AM PST
sweenie says:
Thanks J Dixon & Selene. Was the Cate Blanchett film based on Bainbridge's 'Every Man for Himself?" do you think, or is is just a very similar story? I did buy 'And the Band Played on' and I did enjoy it. My favourite so far, which I've reviewed on Amazon is 'A Wistful Eye - The Tragedy of a Titanic Shipwright' which is a touching story, but based on the true story of the author's ship building ancestor. It's nicely written with lots of detail. Ideally I'd like more of the same. Some of the Titanic fiction seem to be simply romances or detective mysteries etc which could have been set anywhere but are set on board Titanic for a little extra 'sell'. It's interesting that nowadays there's a similar thing happening with the 9/11 disaster. I don't mind that so much tho, as the US has had few such tragedies to be used as backdrops in this way, and they make fascinating reading anyway. What I really hate is the 'spinoffs', like a medieval Titanic, spaceship Titanic, Titanic's big sister type of books. I'd like to know how others feel about this sort of thing. Is it ok or is it exploitation?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 6:49:04 PM PST
Selene says:
Do you mean Cate Blanchett or Kate Winslet, Sweenie? Yes, with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking coming up it's a bit of a free-for-all. i don't think Cameron has ever said he based his movie on Bainbridge's book, but it was published just a year before the movie came out and has some noticeable similarities.

I see that Julian Fellowes, writer of the "Downton Abbey" TV series, where the death of an heir plays a pivotal part in the plotline, is currently working on a Titanic mini-series
ttp://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/4166282/Titanic-news-Downton-Abbey-creator-Julian-Fellowes-says-his-new-Titanic-drama-differs-from-James-Camerons-1997-movie.html

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 6:54:22 AM PDT
Lee says:
The best I've read by far is the Titanic Plan. The Titanic Plan. It's a new book that gives an historical background and puts the whole episode of the Titanic in historical context. Great read. Exciting story. Do check it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 12:10:16 PM PDT
SusieQ says:
I liked Amanda/Miranda by Richard Peck.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 5:35:58 AM PDT
Aside from a book...I recently saw the 3-D version of the Titanic movie. A real "mind blower", IMO. Most notable is the feeling that you are in the water as the ship goes down.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 9:25:46 AM PDT
Another good one:

Cold April by Phyllis Humphrey

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 6:09:15 AM PDT
JoCat says:
I've been a Titanic addict for many years and am always looking for new Titanic fiction.
Amanda/Miranda is one of my favorites too. I just reread another old favorite The Memory of Eva Ryker that was just as good again as it was the first time I read it. The Master's Tale, A Titanic Ghost Story was good, not really a ghost story, more about the life of Captain Smith than the Titanic but a good read

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 9:16:28 PM PDT
Try Titanic: Legacy of Betrayal The book is a historical frame, told in 1912 and 2012, with lots of true historical references, weaving back and forth between the hundred year separation. The historical story line was carefully researched. I am one of the co-authors of the book, the one who did the historical research and writing. I read two complete books by survivors, both well worth a read and free on the Internet: These books are: Loss of the S. S. Titanic, by Lawrence Beesley: http://www.titanic-titanic.com/loss_of_the_ss_titanic_1.shtml and, The Truth about the Titanic: A Survivor's Story, by Colonel Archibald Gracie http://www.archive.org/stream/truthabouttitan00gracgoog#page/n6/mode/2up. Beesley's was especially well written if you like that sort of thing. I worked hard to touch on some of the more well-known Titanic stories as well as a few nuggets not as famous. Found some interesting stuff that made for a fun ending. My character is a first class passenger, so my only regret was not being able to tell many stories about passengers from other classes since they were so segregated.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 5:03:38 AM PDT
Ann Allen says:
I liked Amanda/Miranda too. There is an old Danielle Steel, No Greater Love that starts out in April, and follows the story of a young woman who travels on the Titanic. The book covers a long span of time though, so the Titanic is only the beginning.

Two newer ones:
The Girl Who Came Home - A Titanic Novel It switches back and forth between past and present, following a survivor.

The Blue Tiger of the Titanic this one is more romantic suspense about a strange artifact brought aboard, which is supposedly cursed, and a girl who wants to be a journalist trying to find out about it.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 8:15:17 AM PDT
Enjoyed "The Dressmaker" by Kate Alcott. Good story with a lot of historically accurate information.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 1:29:04 PM PDT
Selene says:
The ladies at the Historical Tapestry website have put together a list of "Titanic"-related fiction as part of their "Titanic" memorial week feature - thought I'd add it it here:
http://historicaltapestry.blogspot.ca/2012/04/ht-recommends-titanic-in-historical.html

There's also another book out which is alternate history- a story based on what might have happened it the "Titanic" hadn't sunk- David Kowalski, The Company of the Dead

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 1:43:21 PM PDT
JoCat says:
thanks for the tip Selene - The Company of the Dead sounds interesting

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2012 6:09:19 AM PDT
I have a free short story available at my publisher's website. http://www.knoxrobinsonpublishing.com/product_info.php?cPath=17&products_id=87

Posted on May 12, 2012 10:09:00 AM PDT
Thanks y'all for the suggestions. I have bought a few of your recommended books and am working through them. DJ Kelly's 'A Wistful Eye - The Tragedy of a Titanic Shipwright' is still my favourite so far though. I hadn't realised how hard life was for those poor shipwrights and this is a most moving story, much wider ranging than just about Titanic - well written, sad but also funny. Next in my line-up, would be Walter Lord's 'A Night To Remember' tho.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 10:49:05 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
I liked Amanda/Miranda also. I read it years ago, and I think it's time to revisit the book again. Thanks for mentioning it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 5:16:19 PM PDT
K. white says:
The Dressmaker is good.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 2:19:03 PM PDT
If you like fiction based on The Titanic, you might also like fiction based on the sinking of the Lusitania (one of the precipitating causes of America's entrance into WWI, which is probably what decided the war in favor of the Allies). Here's a link to a good list, courtesy of Google.

http://books.google.com/books/about/Lusitania.html?id=MZwFMhS3PZMC

Leonardo Noto

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 5:41:18 PM PDT
Stone Cold says:
I've always liked Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler. Could have been a good movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 6:38:03 PM PDT
J. Nelson says:
Sweenie:
Jack Finney wrote a couple of time travel books, the first was TIME AND AGAIN. The second was FROM TIME TO TIME and it has a Titanic story built into it that has quite a nice little twist about what happens when you try to change history...
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