And the Band Played On: The Titanic Violinist and the Glovemaker - A True Story of Love, Loss and Betrayal

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Hodder General Publishing Division, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
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The amazing true story of one of the band members who famously played as the Titanic sank, written by his grandson On 14th April 1912, when the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives. As the order to abandon ship was given, the orchestra took their instruments on deck and continued to play as the ship went down. The violinist, 21 year-old Jock Hume, knew that his fiancée, Mary, was expecting their first child, the author's mother. A century later, Christopher Ward reveals a dramatic story of love, loss, and betrayal, and the catastrophic impact of Jock's death on two very different Scottish families. He paints a vivid portrait of an age in which class determined the way you lived?and died. This outstanding piece of historical detective work is also a moving account of how the author's quest to learn more about his grandfather revealed the shocking truth about a family he thought he knew, a truth that had been hidden for nearly 100 years.

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Review: And the Band Played On: The Titanic Violinist & the Glovemaker: A True Story of Love, Loss & Betrayal

User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

I have just started reading this and it's very relevant. My grandfather was born in Dumfries and my grandmother supposedly had second sight and saw the sinking of the Titanic. This might have been ... Read full review

Review: And the Band Played On: The Titanic Violinist & the Glovemaker: A True Story of Love, Loss & Betrayal

User Review  - Titanic Buff - Goodreads

At long last we have a book that focuses on the life of the violinist John Law "Jock" Hume and that of his family. From his death on Titanic those many years ago to Dumfries, Scotland where his ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Christopher Ward is the grandson of Jock Hume, at 21 the youngest member of the Titanic's orchestra. He is a former columnist for the Daily Mirror, former editor of the Daily Express, and the chairman and cofounder of Redwood Publishing, Europe's first customer magazine agency.

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