The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind. Julie Cook
My new book The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind; The Forgotten Victims of the Fatal Voyage will be published in March 2020 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 for pre-order now at Waterstones and Amazon RELEASE DATE: March 2020, Pen and Sword History.