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  - 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

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

User Review  - Fiona - Goodreads

Really interesting to read about how a family in Scotland heard that their son had died in the sinking of the Titanic and how their lives were affected years later. The post sinking process & the way first class passengers were treated even in death is all very enlightening. 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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