Murder on the Orient Express
"How to survive the Titanic or the sinking of J.Bruce Ismay"
When the Titanic hit the iceberg on 14 April 1912 and a thousand men prepared to die, J. Bruce Ismay jumped into a lifeboat and was rowed away to safety. Had he been an ordinary passenger, little would have been said, but J. Bruce Ismay was the chairman of the White Star Line, the company that had built the Titanic.
Accused of cowardice and dictating the ship's excessive speed, Ismay became, as one newspaper called him, 'The Most Talked-of Man in the World'. Using never-before-seen letters written by Ismay, Frances Wilson explores his desperate need to tell his story, to make sense of the horror of it all, and to find a way of living with the consciousness of lost honour.