'Brilliant...do not miss this novel.' - Daily Telegraph.
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
For the four fraught, mysterious days of her doomed maiden voyage in 1912, the Titanic sails towards New York, glittering with luxury, freighted with millionaires and hopefuls.
In her labyrinthine passageways are played out the last, secret hours of a small group of passengers, their fate sealed in prose of startling, sublime beauty, as Beryl Bainbridge's haunting masterpiece moves inexorably to its known and terrible end.
Extraordinary...a wholly new and highly individual work of art...beautifully written. - Independent
Marvellous...exquisite pacing...stunning descriptions. - Independent on Sunday
A narrative both sparkling and deep...the cost of raising [the Titanic] is prohibitive; Bainbridge does the next best thing. - Sunday Times
Bainbridge's masterpiece. - Evening Standard
A masterpiece...compelling. - The Lady
A beautifully-written book, tinged with mystery and rich in atmosphere and detail. - Sunday Mirror
As richly populated as a Henry James novel, Bainbridge's retelling of the last days aboard the Titanic sparkles with intrigue... The book's final chapter is as exciting as they come. - Independent Magazine
The writing is slick and vivid. - Daily Telegraph
Beryl Bainbridge was one of the greatest living novelists. Author of seventeen novels, two travel books and five plays for stage and television, she was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and won many literary awards including the Whitbread Prize and the Author of the Year Award at the British Book Awards. She died in July 2010.