The lives of those on the Titanic hinged on the tying of a shoelace and the taking of a nap -- two tiny details that made all the difference and dictated the actions of Captains Arthur Rostron and Stanley Lord – the men responsible for the rescue. One rushed to save those drowning, while the other, to his life-long dishonour, appeared to turn his back on the whole disaster. But nothing is ever what it seems and some said the shame rested with those who accused Captain Lord unfairly in deliberate defiance of the facts. It is an astounding story that gets right to the bottom of the Titanic and beyond. Here, the careers of these two captains are laid bare to uncover who was to blame, who was to benefit, and to what depths some were prepared to sink when it came to cover-ups, cowardice and courage. In this novel, all that went wrong is revealed.
Australian author, Paula Astridge, was born in the NSW country town of Inverell in 1958. Based in Sydney, she worked for Rolling Stone Magazine and the Newspaper Industry before co-founding a successful Advertising Agency and then pursuing her writing career on a full-time basis. Her first three books: Golden Boy, In the Way of the Reich and Kill The Fuhrer focused on WW2, respectively profiling the controversial Albert Speer; Hermann and Albert Goering; and the German conspirators of the failed attempt on Adolf Hitler’s life in 1944. Moving then to concentrate on the largely unknown role Australia has played in world history, her next two books: Waltzing Dixie and Bad Hand tackled, in turn, the untold story of the men from Australia who fought in the American Civil War, and the final solution to the mystery of Fletcher Christian after the Bounty mutiny. Both books piqued interest in the film industry and Bad Hand was nominated for the prestigious UK Mountbatten Literary Award by the First Lord of the Admiralty. Her sixth book: Scallywag and now the release of her seventh: Rocket Man return to WW2: the first, delving into the murky world of Allied espionage and the mysterious wartime disappearance of Flight 777 over the Bay of Biscay; while Rocket Man probes into the story of Baron von Braun – the controversial inventor of the V-2 rocket which devastated London and the Apollo 11 which flew us to the moon. Her latest novel, Deep Sleep is not just another story about the Titanic, but of the people whose lives were forever changed by it. Rocket Man return to WW2 -- the first delving into the murky world of Allied espionage and the mysterious wartime disappearance of Flight 777 over the Bay of Biscay, while Rocket Man probes into the story of Baron von Braun - the controversial inventor of the V-2 rocket which devastated London and the Apollo 11 which flew up to the moon. Her latest novel Deep Sleep is not just another novel about the Titanic, but of the people whose lives were forever changed by it.