My new book The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind; The Forgotten Victims of the Fatal Voyage is out now published by Pen and Sword History. It features the stories of the wives and children left behind after their breadwinners died on the Titanic.
Why did I write about Titanic? Because my own great-grandfather died on the the ship.
He was a fireman who stoked the furnaces with coal – backbreaking work for low pay. He perished on board and left behind a wife and five children. My great-grandmother was so poor without his income that she had to take in laundry and was thrust into poverty, like so many other widows of the crew.
The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind looks at the many other stories of hardship of the families left behind when their loved ones died. Using primary sources from archives as well as interviews with descendants of Titanic crew victims and survivors, this work tells the story of a city in mourning where many men, sweethearts, husbands and fathers did not return.
Available now at Waterstones and Amazon, all good bookstores and Pen and Sword Books
BOOK REVIEW – “Julie Cook has provided a harrowing and emotional story of the Titanic’s impact on those left behind. A tragic history of the vulnerable but the brave, as well as a tribute to the enduring power of family. The story of the disaster’s widows uplifts and devastates in equal measure.”
Gareth Russell, author of “The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era”