A True-Life Titanic Story

Written by
Elisabeth Navratil
Translated by
Joan de Sola Pinto

Based on the true story of the author's father and uncle, who survived the Titanic disaster as children, but could not be identified because they had been travelling under false names.

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224 pages
196x130 mm

Élizabeth Navratil tells the true story of her grandfather, father and uncle and their voyage aboard the Titanic. Two small boys, Michel and Edmond Navratil, are among the crowds waiting to board the ill-fated Titanic on her maiden voyage. The noise from the ship’s sirens, the vast size of the awesome liner and the anxiety of their first sea voyage has created an air of excitement and fear on the bustling quays. But the boys' father, Michel Navratil Snr. has another reason to be anxious -- he has snatched the two children from their mother and they are travelling under false names to begin a new life in America. When the ship sinks father and children are separated. The boys survive the tragedy but no-one knows who they are. What will happen to the boys with no name? Will they ever be reunited with their mother? The events surrounding the voyage and the fateful night of 14th April 1912 are real, with the exception of some small details.

Elisabeth Navratil's grandfather, Michel Navratil, and her father and uncle, were aboard the Titanic on the night the world's unsinkable ship sank. The story of the tragedy is now very much a part of Elisabeth's own life story. She has realised her dreams of a career in music by becoming an opera director. Elisabeth has directed works such as Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, and as well as a production called Mozart Titanic.

'Makes for a gripping read. A fascinating true story.'

Dublin People

'Captivating. It will appeal to anyone fascinated by the Titanic disaster.'

Image Magazine


Reader Reviews

This is how a book should read. I am so proud to have read this. I think this is definitely one of the best Titanic books ever!

Finty on 30th March 2012

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