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Book list: books about the Titanic

2012 marks the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, and its no surprise that theres been a slew of recently released books on the topic. To that end, I thought Id prepare a list of books about the ship and its fateful voyage. As always, the list is in no way comprehensive, so feel free to add your recommendations in the comments, and Ill update the list accordingly.

Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn  Book list: books about the Titanic

Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn'

Daughters of a famed clairvoyant, the five Taylor sisters have moved to turn-of-the-twentieth-century Spirit Vale, where their mother makes a living talking to the dead. The future, however, is something even she cannot see clearly.'The sisters are not meant to stay in Spirit Vale for long. All seem poised to move in different directionsscience, society, fame, even the spirit worldbut all of their destinies converge on board the Titanic. A transatlantic voyage that promises great wonders soon turns into a fight for survival that not everyone will winor can they?


Cold April by Phyllis A Humphrey Book list: books about the Titanic

Cold April'by Phyllis A Humphrey

Fresh from three years in America, Englishwoman Elizabeth Shallcross has big plans for her future, and they do not include remaining in England as a lowly governess. She finds, however, that she has one last obligation to fulfill; she must accompany Richard Graham, a dashing American widower, and care for his charming child on a luxurious voyage to America. Their ship? The Titanic. On this fateful trip two handsome men vie for her attention. But when the ship hits an iceberg, who will survive?


Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke1 Book list: books about the Titanic

Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke

Michael Dunnagan was never supposed to sail on the'Titanic, nor would he have survived if not for the courage of Owen Allen. Determined to carry out his promise to care for Owen's relatives in America and his younger sister, Annie, in England, Michael works hard to strengthen the family's New Jersey garden and landscaping business.'Annie Allen doesn't care what Michael promised Owen. She only knows that her brother is gone'like their mother and father'and the grief is enough to swallow her whole. As Annie struggles to navigate life without Owen, Michael reaches out to her through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when Owen did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected. Just as Michael saves enough money to bring Annie to America, WWI erupts in Europe. When Annie's letters mysteriously stop, Michael risks everything to fulfill his promise'and find the woman he's grown to love'before she's lost forever.


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By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer

Remember the'Titanic'100 years after its doomed voyage with Tricia Goyer's fictional portrayal of one woman's journey. To Amelia Gladstone, this ship means promise of seeing family again. To Quentin Walpole, the'Titanic'represents a new start in America'if he can get onboard. All seems lost until Amelia offers him a ticket, securing his passage'and bringing him face-to-face with his railroad tycoon father and older brother, Damian. As Amelia works to reconcile father and son, she finds herself the object of both brothers' affection. Can she choose between two brothers? Or will she lose everything to the icy waters of the Atlantic?


Titanic Affair by Amanda P Grange1 Book list: books about the Titanic

Titanic Affair by Amanda P Grange

A first-class ticket on the Titanic offers Emilia Cavendish the chance to escape to a new life, after the death of her beloved godmother and the unwelcome attentions of Mr Montmorency. But as the iceberg looms that will send the Titanic to its watery grave, Emilia finds herself dangerously attracted to Carl Latimer, a man whose world is very different from hers . . .


A Night to Remember by Walter Lord Book list: books about the Titanic

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

'First published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains a completely riveting account of the Titanics fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew, both noble and ignominious. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain.


And the Band Played On . . . by Christopher Ward1 Book list: books about the Titanic

And the Band Played On . . . by Christopher Ward

On April 14, 1912, when'the'Titanic'struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives. As the order to abandon ship was given, the orchestra took their instruments on deck and continued to play as'the ship went down. The violinist, 21 year-old Jock Hume, knew that his fiancee, Mary, was expecting their first child, the authors mother.'A century later, Christopher Ward reveals a dramatic story of love, loss, and betrayal, and the catastrophic impact of Jocks death on two very different Scottish families. He paints a vivid portrait of an age in which class determined the way'people lived'and died.'This outstanding piece of historical detective work is also a moving account of how the authors quest to learn more about his grandfather revealed the shocking truth about a family he thought he knew, a truth that had been hidden for nearly'100 years.


Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage The Titanics First Class Passengers and Their World by Hugh Brewster  Book list: books about the Titanic

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanics First-Class Passengers and Their World by Hugh Brewster'

The'Titanic'has often been called 'an exquisite microcosm of the Edwardian era,' but until now, her story has not been presented as such. In'Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage, historian Hugh Brewster seamlessly interweaves personal narratives of the lost liner's most fascinating people with a haunting account of the fateful maiden crossing. Employing scrupulous research and featuring 100 rarely-seen photographs, he accurately depicts the ship's brief life and tragic denouement, presenting the very latest thinking on everything from when and how the lifeboats were loaded to the last tune played by the orchestra.


The Titanic Secret by Jack Steel Book list: books about the Titanic

The Titanic Secret by Jack Steel

Shortly after midnight on Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin, mere yards from the British Embassy, an English spy is shot after a clandestine meeting with a German government official. He utters three cryptic words to a sentry, then dies. It's an ambush as calculated and cold-blooded as the scheme it helps set in motion.'For Gunther Voss, a tyrannical German financier who has amassed a fortune in mining, it's the biggest gamble he has ever undertaken: commit America to joining forces with Germany against Great Britain, destroy an empire, and secure for himself the invaluable South African mining concessions currently controlled by the British. It would make the formidable Voss, already a figure of both fear and admiration in America, one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world. Even as devious, self-seeking, and unthinkable as the plan is, with an alliance as strong as America and Germany, it's more than possible'it's inevitable.'It has fallen on the unique talents of Alex Tremayne of Britain's Secret Service Bureau and beautiful Maria Weston, a pioneering, fearless, and experienced American agent currently working in Britain, to stop Voss dead in his tracks. Traveling undercover as man and wife, their mission is to neutralize Voss's plan before he reaches the States. And they'll be tracking Voss's every move on the eventful transatlantic journey in unparalleled luxury, occupying a first class suite on board the Titanic, on her heralded maiden voyage from Southampton to the Port of New York.'But Tremayne and Weston are unprepared for the explosive plays of fate that await them, as well as their prey, over the next few nights of their doomed journey. For the ever-shifting dedication to duty and the choices between life and death will become more immediate, more intimate, more demanding, and far more treacherous than they could ever have imagined.


The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott Book list: books about the Titanic

The Dressmaker'by Kate Alcott

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks shes had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the'Titanics'doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes.'Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess's sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon's questionable actions during the tragedy. Others'including the gallant Midwestern tycoon'are not so lucky.'On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the'Titanic. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle,'The Dressmaker'is an atmospheric delight filled with all the periods glitz and glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the contradictory emotions of young love.


Her Name Titanic by Charles R. Pellegrino 2 Book list: books about the Titanic
On the evening of Sunday, April 14, 1912, the awesome ocean liner Titanic the majestic queen of the White Star fleet struck an iceberg and quickly vanished into the frigid blackness of the North Atlantic. Seventy-three years later, a dedicated group of scientists set sail in search of the sunken behemoth an incredible mission that uncovered shocking secrets buried two miles below the oceans surface.
Maiden Voyage by Cynthia Bass 1 Book list: books about the Titanic
In 1912 the'Titanic'was the largest, fastest, and most lavish man-made object on earththe elegant and invincible consummation of the Industrial Age. An international flurry of wonder and gaiety launched its ill-fated voyage from London to New York. For one boy, however, it would be a voyage of crisis and discovery.'Torn between the worlds of his estranged parentsthe activism of his suffragist mother and the social frenzy of his bohemian fatherSumner aspires to both, longing desperately for manhood, poetry and heroism. On his own for the'Titanics fateful crossing, the boy finds himself drawn to two very different passengers: the fiery young feminist Ivy Earnshaw and handsome, sophisticated Pierce Andrews, aviator and cynic.
No Greater Love by Danielle Steel Book list: books about the Titanic
It was the maiden voyage of the'Titanic, the greatest ship ever built, and in one fatal, unforgettable night, the sea shattered the lives and future of an extraordinary family, the Winfields.'Edwina Winfield, returning from her engagement trip to England with her fiance and her family, instantly loses her parents, the man she loved and her dreams. Without even time to mourn, she courageously defies convention to run her familys California newspaper and care for her five younger siblings. Unable to forget her fiance Charles, she is determined never to marry, to hkeep her family together, and to fight to survive as a woman alone. But Phillip, her beloved oldest brother, sets out for Harvard and tragically betrays her trust. Madcap brother George turns to the excitement of Hollywood during its magical days, not to the Winfield publishing empire. And lovely Alexis, who narrowly escaped death when theTitanic'went down, grows into a troubled runaway whom even Edwinas love may not be able to save. The two youngest, Fannie and Teddy, remain with Edwina at home.'Compelling and deeply moving,'No Greater Love'questions a womans choices and the price she must pay for making them.
Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge Book list: books about the Titanic
Four days into her maiden voyage, RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sank within 20 minutes, killing 1500 people. Here the story of the lost four days is told by Morgan, the nephew of the owner of the shipping line, his fate linked to the mysterious Scurra who remarks that its every man for himself.
Science fiction and thrillers:
Passage by Connie Willis Book list: books about the Titanic
Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.'A brilliant young neurologist, Dr. Richard Wright has come up with a way to manufacture the near-death experience using a psychoactive drug. Joanna's first NDE is as fascinating as she imagined ' so astounding that she knows she must go back, if only to find out why that place is so hauntingly familiar.'But each time Joanna goes under, her sense of dread begins to grow, because part of her already knows why the experience is so familiar, and why she has every reason to be afraid.'Yet just when Joanna thinks she understands, she's in for the biggest surprise of all.
Somethings Alive on the Titanic by Robert Serling 1 Book list: books about the Titanic

Somethings Alive on the Titanic'by Robert Serling'

Eighty years ago, the unsinkable Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, sending the ship and 1,503 passengers to a watery grave. Now, a group of scientists and adventurers going down to explore the wreck are unprepared for the terror awaiting them. . . .


The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Titanic Tragedy by William Seil Book list: books about the Titanic

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Titanic Tragedy'by William Seil

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson board the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage, where Holmes is to carry out a secret government'mission.'Soon after departure, highly important submarine plans for the US navy are stolen.'Holmes and Watson must work through a list of suspects which includes Colonel James Moriarty, brother to the late'Professor Moriarty but will they find the culprit before tragedy strikes?'Sir Arthur Conan Doyles timeless creation returns in a new series of handsomely designed detective stories,'encapsulating the most varied and thrilling cases of the worlds greatest detective.


The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski Book list: books about the Titanic

The Company of the Dead'by David Kowalski

Can one man save the Titanic?'March 1912. A mysterious man appears aboard the Titanic on its doomed voyage. His mission? To save the ship.'The result? A world where the United States never entered World War I, thus launching the secret history of the 20th Century.'April 2012. Joseph Kennedy grand-nephew of John F. Kennedy lives in an America occupied in the East by Greater Germany and on the West Coast by Imperial Japan. He is one of six people who can restore history to its rightful order even though it may mean his own death.


Carpathia by Matt Forbeck2 Book list: books about the Titanic

Carpathia'by Matt Forbeck

Its Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.'When the survivors of the Titanic are picked up by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over.'But somethings sleeping in the darkest recesses of the ship. Something old. Something hungry.



For younger readers:
Blossom Culp is the outspoken outcast of Bluff City, always getting into trouble. No one wants to cross her, especially now that shes revealed that she can see the Unseen. Then Blossom herself is stunned, because her lie turns out to be truth. She actually does have second sightand she is on board the sinking Titanic.


Titanic by Diane Hoh Book list: books about the Titanic

Titanic'by Diane Hoh

Everyone thought that the Titanic was unsinkable. Among the passengers are beautiful Elizabeth Farr and dashing Max Whitaker in first class, whilst in steerage are Brian and Patrick Kelleher and pretty red-haired Kathleen Mahoney.


Titanic Crossing by Barbara Williams Book list: books about the Titanic

Titanic Crossing'by Barbara Williams

When the Titanic hits an iceberg during his voyage to America, young Albert is faced with grown-up decisions about life and death, in this entertaining blend of fact and fiction (School Library Journal) concerning one of the most dramatic tragedies in history.

White Star A Dog on the Titanic by Marty Crisp1 Book list: books about the Titanic
The year is 1912, and twelve-year-old Sam Harris is traveling from England to America on the grand ship the Titanic. Sam is lonely at first, but is soon delighted to discover that there are dogs aboard! When Sam volunteers to help out in the kennel, he meets Star, a spunky Irish setter that belongs to the ships captain. Sam and Star become fast friends, and when disaster strikes, the boy and dog must rely on each other more than ever before.
SOS Titanic by Eve Bunting Book list: books about the Titanic
Irish teenager Barry O'Neill is journeying to New York on the Titanic's fateful maiden'voyage. He's homesick and worried about the Flynn boys traveling in steerage, who'have threatened to throw him overboard. Little does Barry know that a struggle with'the Flynns is the least of the dangers that await him.
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  1. Thats a lot of Titanic; I look forward to you reviewing ALL of them :P
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  2. Stephanie /

    Quite a titanic task, that. :P

  3. Book list: books about the Titanic

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