And the Band Played On: The Titanic violinist and the glovemaker: a true story of love, loss and betrayal

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Hodder & Stoughton, May 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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On 14th April 1912 the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank. Fifteen hundred 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. They were still playing when 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. One hundred years 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. An outstanding piece of historical detective work, AND THE BAND PLAYED ON 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 a hundred 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  - Emily - Goodreads

Starts off strong with details of the "morgue ship" that came to collect bodies after Titanic sunk. Really interesting details about the aftermath and how the disaster was dealt with in the press, etc. I lost interest in the love story and family feud. Read full review

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

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

This is a solid read. Really digs into what happened to one specific set of families and how they were impacted for generations. Interesting story about a lousy set of people who lied and attempted ... 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. Christopher joined the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle-upon-Tyne aged 17, and moved to Merseyside to become the Daily Mirror`s Liverpool correspondent at the height of Beatlemania. In his early twenties, he moved to London, writing a column in the Mirror for more than ten years. At 38 he became Fleet Street`s then youngest editor when he was appointed editor of the Daily Express. He left, aged 42, to co-found Redwood, Europe`s first customer magazine agency, of which he is Chairman today. He lives in the Scottish Borders, seventy miles from Jock Hume`s birth place in Dumfries.

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