Dark Waters

Dark Waters

Chronicle of a Story Untold


Magda Allani



London: the summer of ’89, two years after the Big Bang and a few months after Lockerbie, Hillsborough & Tiananmen Square. The Berlin Wall was almost down, Perestroika had begun and the First Gulf War was brewing. A glittering crowd of Cambridge and Oxford graduates, models, photographers and fun people gathered at the Embankment to board the Marchioness Riverboat. They had come to celebrate the 26th birthday of Antonio de Vasconcellos, one of London’s highest paid financiers.

Twenty minutes after setting sail, The Marchioness was hit, run over and sunk in the middle of  the River Thames, not a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament beneath a clear, moonlit sky. 51 died.

This is the story of how a group of friends dealt with tragedy and of the mystery that still surrounds what happened on that night. Above all, however, this is a contemplation of our relationship with Time and of the infinite capacity of the human spirit to prevail over whatever Fate has to throw its way.
Paperback   £12.99 + £2.99 shipping
Hardback    £19.99 + £3.50 shipping  


About Slow Burn Publications

Slow Burn is a new publishing company dedicated to great stories, prose, verse and images. We live in an age driven by speed but, when it comes to ideas, the best of them take time to filter through. Once they do, however, they can set your heart and mind ablaze. These are the ideas we at Slow Burn aim to serve. The first author on our list is Magda Allani (pictured above). More are on the way.
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One Response to Dark Waters

  1. Ann Porro says:

    Here’s my review of Dark Waters
    I read this book in one night. Part memoir, part detective story, part meditation on love, friendship, and time, part reportage, it asks the questions all good literature should ask; how can we live, die, suffer, and make meaning in the face of random fate? Like Joe Simpson’s ‘Touching the Void’ or Piers Paul Read’s ‘Alive,’ it describes an extraordinary event but uses a personal story to explore philosophically the nature of existence. It’s bold, moving, and, though harrowing, ultimately a celebration of true friendship. I urge you to read it!

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