The Titanic and the City of Widows Left Behind

The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind written by Julie Cook and published by Pen and Sword Books. Hardback – £19.99 – 130 Pages.

On certain subjects there is a lot of interest through books, films and media and it’s kind of done to death. But I’m glad to say this book has been written with a difference, the author Julie Cook is a relative to one of the men that sailed on the boat, but he wasn’t one of the well to do passengers, he was a stoker whose job it was to feed coal to the engine down below. But in another twist this book looks at the women who survived these men and how they had to cope with life after being widowed after all having to deal with 5 children alone is no mean feat. The books follows the lives of these women and has a lot of accounts and commentary if you like about how these women got along, survived and coped without the main breadwinner of the family being present.

In a fascinating book written by Julie Cook, there is an extra meaning to this book as I think the personal connection with the author really helps convey meaning and emotion to the story. The book is excellent as there is a lot of reliability on fact, sources and evidence materials which really does compliment the book and makes it stand out from the others. Now the titanic isn’t something I’ve overly read before but to me the book is a high quality in fact and evidence to make it stand out. I should also say finally that I loved the table at the beginning of the book, that shows all the staff on board, how old they were and what their job on the ship was. So would happily recommend this book to others to read. This book doesn’t just concentrate on the sinking, but it concentrates on the aftermath of the disaster which gives it a whole new twist to the usual.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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