A while back my friend Laurel came up with one my favourite hypothetical book titles of all time--"Shorties First! Thoughts on Women and Children." My colleague at Free Exchange, on how well they really fare:

What does seem to matter, however, is the behaviour of the captain. If he orders that women and children are to be evacuated first, their odds improve considerably. And as we know from eye-witnesses (and the film), such orders were not only given, but also somewhat brutally enforced on board the Titanic. Finally, the results are bad news for notions of British chivalry: surprisingly, women fared worse on ships under British command, not better.

I'm dying to read this new book "The Lifeboat", too. Sounds like a great mix of Murder on the Orient Express, Life of Pi, and The Donner Party.

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