The Lifeboat

The Lifeboat

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/01/2013
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The Lifeboat
Society under strain
I've got a bit of a thing about the history of exploration and maritime disasters at the moment, so this really appealed to me. Set just a couple of years ... READ MORE
Janette Fraser
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What Would You Do?
In 1914, with the memory of Titanic still fresh, and war looming in England, Grace and Henry Winter set sail for New York on “The Empress Alexander”. After... READ MORE
June Davies at Northallerton


I was to stand trial for my life. I was twenty-two years old. I had been married for ten weeks and a widow for six. It is 1914 and Europe is on the brink of war. When a magnificent ocean liner suffers a mysterious explosion en route to New York City, Henry Winter manages to secure a place in a lifeboat for his new wife Grace. But the survivors quickly realize the boat is over capacity and could sink at any moment. For any to live, some must die. Over the course of three perilous weeks, the passengers on the lifeboat plot, scheme, gossip and console one another while sitting inches apart. Their deepest beliefs are tested to the limit as they begin to discover what they will do in order to survive.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781844087549
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 279g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm

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The Lifeboat
Frustrating read
Its about one persons(Grace) account of events that happened on the lifeboat after her ship sinks.From early on in the book you are given an insight into G... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
Death on the Ocean Waves
Grace Winter was a new bride, travelling back to the USA by liner on the eve of the First World War. Now she is on trial for murder in New York because of ... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
Good... But...
Thought this was a good read, very thought provoking subject matter. Complicated relationships and so difficult to say what you would do in the same situat... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
The will to survive! Great first novel.
One of the books of 2012 which I was keen to read. I wasn't disappointed by this debut novel either which seeks to convey the outcome of surviving in a lif... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
A brilliant debut
Newlywed Grace Winter is travelling back to the US on the Empress Alexandra when the ship sinks mid-Atlantic. Her husband Henry secures a place in a lifebo... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
Taut and utterly compelling!
Two years after the tragedy of the Titanic, the Empress Alexandria is similarly fated mid-Atlantic. Grace Winter suddenly finds herself a young widow with ... READ MORE
Leilah at Doncaster
The Lifeboat
Great read
Grace is a survivor of a ship that’s gone down. So why is she in court at the start of the novel with two other women? The pure pleasure of reading this bo... READ MORE
Anja de Jager
The Lifeboat
I'm not entirely sure what it is about this novel that made me feel it is only worth three stars! Yes, it is very well written. Yes, it is utterly engrossi... READ MORE
Nocturnal bibliophile
The Lifeboat
A page-turner
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a straight-forward, good read. The protagonist isn't always very likeable, but that's part of what... READ MORE
Book Loving Mummy
The Lifeboat
not perfect
This was a very good book but not the best I have ever read. It really makes you think and consider how dreadful such an event would be and the sorts of ac... READ MORE
matthew jewell
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Sky Patterson
The Lifeboat
Only the strong survive
A fantastic premise for a novel, having read and loved Life of Pi, this became my 'must-have' book as soon as I had heard about it. Set in 1914 just before... READ MORE
Liz Swatowski
The Lifeboat
A Riveting Read
The Lifeboat is another choice from Waterstones Eleven, eleven debut novels which they have earmaked for commercial success and critical acclaim in 2012. T... READ MORE
Teresa Majury
The Lifeboat
A gripping debut
In the aftermath of an explosion that causes an ocean liner to sink, we meet out hero as she is on an overcrowded lifeboat awaiting rescue. As days stretch... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
Outstanding Debut
Published by Virago in the UK on 29 March,The Lifeboat is Charlotte Rogan's first novel, and has been picked as one of Waterstone's 11 of 2012. "I was to s... READ MORE
Anne Cater
The Lifeboat
A compelling read!
The story opens in the summer of 1914 and is told by Grace a newly married lady who finds herself on trial for ‘murder’ following the sinking of the Empres... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
Thought provoking!
Excellent book! How far would you go to survive if you were in the middle of the ocean in a lifeboat?
Fiona Sharp
The Lifeboat
Read it!
What would you do? This was the question I asked myself over and over while reading this book. It's a mystery story that gets the reader to put themselves ... READ MORE
Sylvia R
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Well written but not the book for me
Being honest, I found this book hard going in places and wasn’t really enthused to pick it up and continue reading which was a shame because I was so looki... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
HIghly recommended - one of the best books I have read in years. The narrative voice is refreshing and the characters in the story are well conceived and m... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
This book is very enjoyable. As you begin by knowing Grace is on trial for murder, its intriguing to read the story of the drifting days at sea and find ou... READ MORE
The Lifeboat
Wasn’t for me
This book is an easy read but I felt there wasn’t much going on. I was lead to believe that it was fast paced and like a lot of other reviews have pointed ... READ MORE
Jessica Flanagan