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Every Man For Himself

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780748125210

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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

‘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.


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
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
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
Marvellous . . . exquisite pacing . . . stunning descriptions
Independent on Sunday
Bainbridge's masterpiece
Evening Standard