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WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD PRIZE FOR FICTION 1996
WINNER OF THE COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE 1997

'A narrative both sparkling and deep . . . the cost of raising [the Titanic] is prohibitive; Bainbridge does the next best thing' Hilary Mantel

'Brilliant . . . do not miss this novel' Daily Telegraph

'A moving, microcosmic portrait of an era's bitter end' The Times

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 the last, secret hours of a small group of passengers are played out, their fate sealed in prose of startling, sublime beauty, as Beryl Bainbridge's haunting masterpiece moves inexorably to its known and terrible end.

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After taking on the ill-fated Scott expedition to the South Pole in her previous book, The Birthday Boys, the novelist tackles a much larger 1912 disaster: the sinking of the Titanic. The narrator, a 22-year-old named Morgan, brushes up against real-life victims such as John James Astor early in the voyage, while falling in love with the beautiful and unobtainable Wallis Ellery. The deadly maiden voyage of the world's largest ocean liner becomes a journey of self-discovery in this portentous, postmodern work, short-listed for the 1996 Booker Prize.
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A narrative both sparkling and deep . . . the cost of raising [the Titanic] is prohibitive; Bainbridge does the next best thing (Hilary Mantel)

Beryl Bainbridge's masterly vision of the Titanic's voyage, Every Man for Himself, which won the Whitbread and was a finalist for the Booker Prize in 1996 . . . Bainbridge's ability to distill, and almost disguise, major ideas in brisk and seamless prose allows her to tell the story of the Titanic in fewer than two hundred pages (New Yorker)

The novel swiftly takes us back to the beginning of the Titanic's first and last trans-Atlantic cruise, so immersing us in the rarefied world of the first-class passengers - their mix of uncommon sensitivity and appalling snobbishness - that we come to know them very well . . . the real story is the impending, irrevocable fate that awaits so many of the passengers . . . It is difficult to imagine a more engrossing account of the famous shipwreck than this one (New York Times)

Extraordinary . . . a wholly new and highly individual work of art . . . beautifully written (Independent)

Bainbridge's masterpiece (Evening Standard)

Marvellous . . . exquisite pacing . . . stunning descriptions (Independent on Sunday)

A meticulously observed account that almost offhandedly convinces the reader that this is exactly what it must have been like aboard the doomed line . . . In a few deft strokes Bainbridge shows the gulf between the steerage passengers and the "nobs" while communicating the alternating servility and resentment of the crew. The book is nearly over before disaster strikes, but once again, the unnerving details seem just right: the careless self-confidence at the beginning, the gallantry quickly eroding to panic. Bainbridge's swift, economical novels tell us more about an era and the ways in which its people inhabit it than volumes of social history (Publishers Weekly)

A narrative both sparkling and deep... the cost of raising [the Titanic] is prohibitive; Bainbridge does the next best thing (Hilary Mantel)

Beryl Bainbridge's masterly vision of the Titanic's voyage, Every Man for Himself, which won the Whitbread and was a finalist for the Booker Prize in 1996....Bainbridge's ability to distill, and almost disguise, major ideas in brisk and seamless prose allows her to tell the story of the Titanic in fewer than two hundred pages (New Yorker)

The novel swiftly takes us back to the beginning of the Titanic's first and last trans-Atlantic cruise, so immersing us in the rarefied world of the first-class passengers -- their mix of uncommon sensitivity and appalling snobbishness -- that we come to know them very well... the real story is the impending, irrevocable fate that awaits so many of the passengers...It is difficult to imagine a more engrossing account of the famous shipwreck than this one (New York Times)

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  • PublisherAbacus
  • Publication date2002
  • ISBN 10 0349108706
  • ISBN 13 9780349108704
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages224
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