Lifeboat No. 8: An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic

Lifeboat No. 8: An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic

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by Elizabeth Kaye
     
 

When the Titanic started sinking, who would make it off alive? The two cousins who had been so eager to see their first iceberg? The maid who desperately tried to escape with the baby in her care? The young newlyweds who’d booked passage despite warnings not to?


One hundred years after that disastrous and emblematic voyage, Elizabeth Kaye reveals

Overview

When the Titanic started sinking, who would make it off alive? The two cousins who had been so eager to see their first iceberg? The maid who desperately tried to escape with the baby in her care? The young newlyweds who’d booked passage despite warnings not to?


One hundred years after that disastrous and emblematic voyage, Elizabeth Kaye reveals the extraordinary, little-known story behind one of the first lifeboats to leave the doomed ship.


Told in real time and in the actual voices of survivors, Kaye’s poignant, pulse-pounding narrative includes the story of the Countess of Rothes, the wealthiest woman on the ship, bound for California, where she and her husband planned to start an orange farm. It was the Countess, dressed in ermine and pearls, who took command of Lifeboat No. 8, rowing for hours through the black and icy water. In the words of one of the Titanic’s crew, she was “more of a man than any we have on board.”


At the heart of Kaye’s tale is a budding romance between the Countess’s maid, Roberta Maioni, and the Titanic’s valiant wireless operator, Jack Phillips. While Roberta made it safely onto Lifeboat No. 8, holding nothing but a photo of Jack she had run back to her cabin to retrieve, he remained on the ship, where he would send out the world’s first SOS signal. But would it be received in time to save his life?


Surviving that fateful night in the North Atlantic was not the end of the saga for those aboard Lifeboat No 8. Kaye reveals what happened to each passenger and crew member and how the legendary maritime disaster haunted them forever.


A century later, we’re still captivated by the Titanic and its passengers. With its skillful use of survivors’ letters, diaries, and testimonies, “Lifeboat No. 8” adds a dramatic new chapter to the ongoing story.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


A longtime contributor to “Esquire,” “Rolling Stone,” and “The New York Times,” Elizabeth Kaye is the author of “Mid-Life: Notes from the Halfway Mark” and “Ain’t No Tomorrow: Kobe, Shaq, and the Making of a Lakers Dynasty,” as well as the Byliner Original “Sleeping with Famous Men.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614520276
Publisher:
Byliner Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
219,735
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

A longtime contributor to “Esquire,” “Rolling Stone,” and “The New York Times,” Elizabeth Kaye is the author of “Mid-Life: Notes from the Halfway Mark” and “Ain’t No Tomorrow: Kobe, Shaq, and the Making of a Lakers Dynasty,” as well as the bestselling Byliner Original “Sleeping with Famous Men.”

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Lifeboat No. 8: An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wanted to let people know this story is less than 65 pages...Some might not want to spend two dollars on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish bn would put short stories in a category by themselves or at least let u know its a short story. This is too much to pay for a few pages. At this ridiculously short length it should have been free.
joeldrucker More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Kaye has written a beautiful tale. While I knew the general aspects of the Titanic, Kaye's insightful narrative zeroes in on numerous revealing specifics that I've never known. And in a way, only a written rendering can do these singular stories justice -- far more intimate than cinema. Through Kaye's deft prose, history comes alive in the most personal of ways -- through romance, through social class, through the stories of everyone from a thwarted telegraph operator to many dignified couples. Her first-rate depiction of the concrete renders the universal in glorious, tragic detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree it would be helpful if we knew titles are actually "books" or short stories. This was an interesting account of the Titanic sinking but for less than 70 pages it was not a $2 value. I would have waited and read it in the store for free
yggep More than 1 year ago
Terrific story -- Elizabeth Kaye brings the Titanic back from the depths so that we share the horrible night of the great boat's first and last journey.
Chris4 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the Titanic, and with the anniversary having just passed, I've gobbling up everything Titanic. I finished titanic with Zombies and before that The company of the Dead, and saw this one on the top 100 so i thought i'd give it a try. Lifeboat 8 has a romantic feeling to it which I liked, and I thought the author did a good job nailing down the time period. I would have liked it to be longer. I wasn't sure what a kindle single meant, but I guess it's more of a short story. Regardless, there are few wasted words here, and the story moves along at a fast pace. I'd definitely recommend it to other fans of the Titanic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great personal account of that horrific night 100 years ago-may we always remember the bravery and tragic loss of life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very touching, well written short story about those survivors in Lifeboat 8...As others have also remarked, I too wish that book decriptions would include #of pages. $2.99 seems like a bit much for a 65 page book. We as reviewers need to inform others of book length until they start to include this ibn the descriptions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Titanic fan thru and thru, l love first hand accounts of the most famous shipwreck of all time, $2.00 for some great history is to much for some folks---are you kidding me!!! $2.00 is only a cup of coffee,, thanks for this wonderful read B & N
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in less than an hour. Great microcasim of life on life boat #8. Great way to see a small snapshot of the tragic sinking of the titanic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading stories about the titanic and this is no doubt one of the good ones. The reason i really liked it is because its about many peoples point of view, not just one person. This made the book more interesting and captivating, i must warn you though. This book is only 70 pages and its $2 but i thought it was worth it all the way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very insteresting account of those in Lifeboat No. 8 from Titantic. This is not usually the type of book I read but definately glad I bought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too simplistic. Not recommending, except for maybeelementary or low level middle schoolers. S. Clanahan
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy to read book that included details about the people and personal events aboard the doomed ship. Made me want to read more about the Titanic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story of the sinking of the Titanic and survivors who escaped on Lifeboat No. 8. I would recommend this book.
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momm3SM More than 1 year ago
this story was assembled from actual diaries and testimonies regarding the titanic....a story of bravery as well as unexpected courage from "bystanders" i highly recommend it even if you are not a titanic buff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 70 pages. Charcters seemed flat. I'M not a TItanic fan but I knew almost all of the info in the book. I would have liked to have more information on these women and the men that were left behind.
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Lorianna1129 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read; offers an insightful perspective from a wide variety of passengers.
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It was s,was pretty good BRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look up a book called four feet tall and rising if you messege back i will awnser yours. Sincerly shorty save th pit bulls.