Spirit of the Titanic by Nicola Pierce
  

Synopsis

Spirit of the Titanic by Nicola Pierce

Fifteen-year-old Samuel Scott died while building the Titanic. As the ship sails to her doom, his ghost moves restlessly alongside the passengers and crew: Frederick Fleet: the young look-out who spotted the iceberg and who survived in a life-boat with (the unsinkable) Molly Brown; Howard Hartley Wallace: the heroic band-leader who played ragtime music as the freezing waters lapped at his feet; Harold Bride: the junior radio operator whose messages echoed on, long after the ship had disappeared to its icy grave ...

Reviews

an excellently researched story ... you will be captivated -- Mad About Books 'a ghost story with a twist

'It is a tale which reinforces the idea that Titanic's wider story is about people ... brings home the terror, sadness and tragedy of the ship's last moments'

'new and beautiful children's novel ... The children were fascinated, I never saw so many children so engaged with an author ... the children were captivated by the book's content and Nicola's delivery.'

& Munster Advertiser 'Little did I know that this book would be gripping, exciting and unimaginably shattering. Towards the end, things picked up a lot, and I realised that this would just get better and better and better.

's Children's Books 'Unique ... Compelling ...even though we all know the ending the narrative is utterly engrossing ... I admit I laughed, I cried and I stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to finish this poignant and beautifully written book. This is one not to be missed.'

'captivating'

'we guarantee you will not be able to put it down'

& Munster Advertiser 'an excellent dramatic adventure story ... this is historical fiction at its best

-11 'captivating

'I was captivated by the writing and I couldn't put it down ... The book is beautifully produced - the cover making it look like an artefact from the time with delicate illustration and patterned design by Dave Hopkins while Emma Byrne reproduces tickets, menus and telegrams throughout the book.'

'It is obviously a challenge to be able to make vivid and compelling a story whose ending we all know but Pierce manages this ... writing is entirely captivating, the detail fascinating and the terror real.'

'an impressive debut ... he world of the yard is well-realised and the stylistic leap of having this character die within the novel's opening pages is brave and clever'

'It teems with historical characters and is the result of prodigious research into their final fates.'

'A stunning debut from a talented local ... beautifully written, exciting book'

'I certainly shed a tear at the end ... Beautifully handled...beautifully written ...I enjoyed it very, very much.'

's Arts Extra 'I'm particularly excited to read Spirit of the Titanic, as I'm really interested in the Titanic and everything to do with it.'

's Arts Extra 'I would not mind betting that readers in Northern Ireland having read this story, will make their way to Belfast City Cemetery to see the unmarked grave of one Samuel Joseph Scott, which is part of the official tour. A ghostly Sam is on the cover of 'his'

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'this familiar story does not fail to grip the reader ... The notes (at the end) make the story even more alive, as they tell of the lives, after the rescue, of several of the real life characters in the story.'

'This breathtaking book takes you on the deck of the Titanic with its amazing descriptive language describing every scene from top to bottom ... It may make you shed a tear or giggle a little but either way you are sure to thoroughly enjoy the book ... Every chapter gets more and more exciting and as soon as you start reading your eyes will immediately be glued to the book ... I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading a spooky, emotional book and is interested in the fascinating events of 1912. I would rate this book 10/10.'

's Books Online 'Pierce delivers some masterful narrative which will hold children aged 10 and upwards enthralled, as we were, regardless of our prior knowledge of the ship's fate.'

'Pierce immerses us in the hope, despair and life lessons of Titanic's ill-fated voyage.'

'intriguing stuff'

'enthralling'

's Weekend Magazine 'While primarily a book written for children, Spirit of the Titanic is the type of book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, especially Titanic fans. A unique take on the enduring tale of the Titanic, this beautifully written story managed to captivate me from start to finish and I've since passed it on to my young nephews. Highly recommended!'

.ie 'a unique angle on the enduring Titanic story ... a valuable addition to a school Titanic project or for any competent reader who loves historical fiction in general and the Titanic in particular

'a stocking filler must this Christmas ... captivating'

'beautifully produced'

About the Author

Nicola Pierce

Nicola Pierce lives in the town of Drogheda in Ireland. Following her many successful ghostwritten books for adults, Nicola published her first book for children, Spirit of the Titanic. The book received rave reviews, and ran to five printings within its first twelve months. City of Fate is her second book for children and transports the reader deep into the Russian city of Stalingrad during World War II.

Q+A for Nicola Pierce

Q: Nicola, when did you first start writing?

From the very beginning I was a big reader and somehow writing just seemed to be wrapped up with my love of reading. I have diaries that I kept when I was a young child; they were as precious to me as my Enid Blyton collection.

Q: You write historical fiction novels – were you really into history when you were in school?

Q: Where did the idea for Behind the Walls come from?

I was asked to write a novel about the Battle of the Boyne in1690. During my research I discovered that a lot of the soldiers at the battle had fought at the siege of Derry in 1689 and so I felt that I should at least give it a mention. However, when I read about the siege it was such an exciting and dramatic story that I immediately knew it deserved an entire book to itself.

Honestly, the most interesting time period to research is whatever I’m in the middle of researching. I set out to discover as much as I can about the event and become hugely absorbed in that particular period – thanks to some wonderful documentaries on Youtube and the books that I find in my library and bookshop.

Q: How do you write historical fiction – research first and then write, or research as you go along?

Q: Where and when do you write?

I am not a disciplined writer. I aim to write 2,000 words a day and I try various ways and means of achieving this. I handwrite my novels so that means when I get tired of working in the house I can go out to a café and try working there. There are the days of glory when I reach 2,000 words before midday but these are usually followed by long, dark days when no matter how many times I count what I’ve written my total doesn’t add up to even half of what it should be.

Q: What was your favourite book when you were a teenager?

In my teens I re-read favourite books like “Little Women”, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Children of the Oregon Trail”. I also loved “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry”. I also spent my teens falling in love with most of the characters in books like “The Outsiders” and “Rumblefish”.

Q: Did you think that one day you'd write a novel that would actually be published?

Q: What advice can you give would-be children's authors in getting published?

This is a tough one as I realise how lucky I was and how difficult it is to get published today. What I can add to the reams of advice out there except to say try not be led by fashion. Ignore that best-selling fantasy book and write your own story honestly and from the heart. I’ve had some people smirk at me as they ask how long young readers will want to read historical fiction. Who knows the answer to such a question? I firmly believe there is a reader for every story.

Q: Favourite place in the world and why?

Two places: San Francisco and Portland, Oregon in America. Okay, so I haven’t yet been to either of them but that is going to change in May of this year. I can hardly believe that I am finally going to America for what I hope is just my first visit. I have read American writers for years and years and am very much looking forward to visiting the City Light’s Bookstore in San Francisco and Powell’s Bookstore in Oregon. I am also extremely excited to be anywhere near the possible destination of ‘Children of the Oregon Trail’.

Lordy, what a question! I would have liked to have seen Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix in Woodstock in 1969 because they are two of my favourite singers/musicians. I would have liked to visit Paris/Berlin in the 1920/30s when they were crammed full of writers, artists and musicians before Hitler obliterated everything. I would also have liked to have been a cowboy on the great plains in America after the end of the Civil War and before Abraham Lincoln was murdered.

By far my number one passion has always been reading. I do it every day and can do anywhere. And I spend a small fortune on this particular hobby.

I love listening to music – loud, really loud! I’ve already mentioned Hendrix and Joplin. As I’m typing this I’m listening to a double album of The Temptations.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
240 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Nicola Pierce
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Publisher

Publication date

11th April 2011

ISBN

9781847171900

Publisher Profile

O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien

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The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

Publisher's Website

www.obrien.ie


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