And the Band Played on

And the Band Played on

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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.

Publisher: London : Hodder, 2012
ISBN: 9781444707960
Branch Call Number: 910.453 H882w
Characteristics: 290p. : ill


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milkandcheese Jul 18, 2012

This terrible, sad story shows how one family was affected by the disaster.
"Jock" Hume was one of the heroic musicians on the TITANIC; his father's behaviour after the tragedy was anything but. Highly recommended.

Jan 16, 2012

Historically very interesting and also very moving.

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