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The Lifeboat

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2016

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844087549

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 3rd January 2013

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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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.

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A magnificently layered book . . . As compelling as it is profound
Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times
Rogan's rip-roaring tale is a chilling reminder of the cost of survival
Elena Seymenliyska, Daily Telegraph
Almost unbearably exciting - you'll gulp it down in a single sitting
Kate Saunders, The Times
Ingenious. . . An unflinching examination of the will to survive . . . Vividly exciting, beautifully paced and surprisingly funny; in Grace, Rogan has found a voice that is both fresh and mysterious
Justine Jordan, Guardian
You will be gripped
Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times