Saving Grace: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Serendipities of life

Grace Winter is both the narrator and the protagonist of this shipwreck drama. Fictionally set two years after the sinking of the Titanic, and on the cusp of the outbreak of war in 1914, the narrative throws us directly into a lifeboat drama, filled with 37 survivors of a sunken transatlantic liner making its way to America.

But none of the expected turmoil of the sinking ship here. That had already been played out a thousand times in the drama of the Empress Alexandra’s much more illustrious forebear, the Titanic. Charlotte Rogan, the author of The Lifeboat, decided instead to throw us hook, line and sinker into the theatricals of the moral issues thrown up by the trauma of surviving three weeks adrift on a lifeboat. the-lifeboatNo time wasted here in the page-turning cinematics of thousands of tons of bruised metal slowly sinking to the depths…

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