Every Man For Himself
Date of publication: October 1997
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 it's "every man for himself".
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.