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And the Band Played On: The enthralling account of what happened after the Titanic sank Paperback – 1 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444707965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444707960
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tragedy has a long reach, and heroism is a great burden...Their story plainly told, is intended as a parallel to the events of 9/11 and the consequences for so many lives thereafter. (The Times)

'This extraordinary book was bourne out of that research, revealing the enduring shadow that a tragedy like Titanic - and the ensuing corporate cover-up - casts over future generations of those involved'. (Woman's Weekly)

Christopher Ward's book about his 21-year-old grandfather...has produced a fascinating tale. This is the moving story of Jock Hume, a member of the Titanic's band, which played on for as long as possible. Everyone of them died. (Press Association)

A gripping and moving account not just of the sinking of the Titanic, and the wretched class system which bedevilled the aftermath, but of the long-term impact on survivors and dependants. What started out as a story for the author's children and grandchildren has turned into a terrific read for everyone. (Alastair Campbell)

'A moving homage to all of the men, women and children who heard the last music played onboard the SS Titanic, and to the people they left behind'. (Scotsman)

'Christopher Ward's clever and touching account of his grandfather's death'. (Scotsman)

Gripping and in places deeply disturbing human stories of the Titanic disaster and its diverse sequels. A major contribution to family and to social history by the grandson of the young violinist playing in the Titanic as the ship sank. (Professor Asa Briggs, author of A Social History of England)

'As Christopher Ward delved into his past he unearthed a story of true love, which turned to hate with the sinking of the Titanic'. (Sunday Express)

A heartbreaking story, wonderfully told. (Julian Fellowes, author of Gosford Park)

'A poignant memorial'. (Spectator)

'As the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic moves closer, a significant number of publications focusing on the tragedy are appearing. However, Christopher Ward's new book on the disaster sets a high benchmark for the competition to follow... This is an interesting piece of genealogical research, as well as a gripping individual story from the tragedy'. (Family History Monthly)

'Ward bring together both personal stories from his own family... with the wider history of the famous ship and its passengers... He excels in researching the period after the tragedy, and the way in which those who lost their lives were treated according to class'. (Your Family Tree)

'A moving account of author Christopher Ward's quest to learn about his grandfather, a Scottish-born musician who played on board the Titanic'. (History Scotland)

'Written by his grandson it tells a story of love, loss and the terrible impact Hume's death had on two families. A moving human story from the ship's disaster.' 5 stars (Daily Express)

An outstanding piece of historical detective work by Christopher Ward about his family. An utterly absorbing read as the 100th anniversary approaches. (The Weekly)

The devastating impact of Jock's death and the ensuing saga of family friction and duplicity that emerges add depth to the Titanic story. (The Good Book Guide)

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AND THE BAND PLAYED ON brings to life the trauma of the Titanic through the true story of one family.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a brilliant and essential read. So pleased I bought it. A page turner from the beginning, it is a tale of so many things from sadness and betrayal, to true love and inspirational human spirit. An incredible journey and a fascinating one too, I didn't know nearly enough about this subject and have learnt a huge amount from this book. Recommended!
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I saw Christopher Ward on Breakfast last week and was immediately gripped by his story. I ordered the book on Amazon and read it in 2 days - a real page turner! The book is a fascinating mix of scientific facts, detailed historical research and social comment on the rigid class system of the time. It starts with the sinking of the Titanic and focuses on the salvage operation to recover and identify the lost bodies, a side of the Titanic story often overlooked. However, the real story is the aftermath of the disaster on the Hume family and the battle against corporate responsibility and family greed. A really worthwhile personal story that offers so much more than the Hollywood accounts of the Titanic.
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The instant I spotted this book, I knew I had to read it. Not only was it about one of my favourite moments in history, it featured around my home town, and one of the town's best loved heroic figures.

The author, the grandfather of Jock Law Hume, member of the Titanic band, started this book with no idea what it would become. The idea came as part of a family project tracing ancestors, but only when Ward realised how complex the history was, did he realise just how amazing a story there was to be told.

Grief, love, loss, betrayal, tragedy. The sinking of the Titanic did more than claim thousands of souls on board, it created a ripple effect of tsunami proportions for the ones unfortunate enough to be left behind.

When Jock, aged twenty one, boarded the ill-fated vessel, he left behind a pregnant fiancee, an estranged family and a community of people who loved him. Though the book is primarily about the author's grandfather, it does not end with his death. Rather the opposite. And the Band Played On is more about the people Jock left behind, and the way their lives were irrevocably changed after the ship went down.

I found the book to be immensely intriguing and very interesting - not to mention absolutely heartbreaking. It was odd to be reading a book and recognising all the places mentioned (and even shivers at a few buildings mentioned where I used to work). More than a few times I had to put the book down as I couldn't see the pages through my tears. The author didn't hold back on anything, and instead unleashed the cataclysmic devastation that so many families felt in 1912.
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This is an astonishing story, with lots of twists and turns that you wouldn't expect, months and years later. I'm currently reading up on the Titanic and I assumed this would be 'just another Titanic account', but it most definitely wasn't. I couldn't put it down, especially as the snowball effect of Jock's death on the family began to develop along with other influences on various family members. Top Tip: Don't visit the author's website until you've read the book because he recounts a further twist that literally made my jaw drop. Save that until you've read this fabulous, superbly written and researched book.
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I live in Canada where this book is not available, but I was lucky enough to get a copy from a friend who came to visit and had bought a copy to read on the flight over. This would have been an interesting book if it had just been written as an historical look at events, but the human intrest makes it a page turner from the start. Most of the books i have read about the Titanic finish where this book starts. There was the odd part of this book that I felt may have been included more as a reflection of the time and effort it took to gather the information than for what it added to the story, but this was just the odd page. The authors loyalty to his mother and grandmother is obvious, as is his dislike of his great grand father, but this is a family history and this just adds to the story. This is an amazing family history and it feels like a privilege to be allowed to share it.
I read this book in 2 days, staying up to 3 am to finish it. This is a great book.
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Everything about the 'Titanic' is fascinating to me and to have an account of a real life person involved in the disaster is, obviously, welcome. So when I saw Christopher Ward on TV one morning talking about this book, I naturally ordered it straight away and when it arrived, devoured it!
It is a very well crafted history of a family set against the events on that dreadful night in the Atlantic. As such the family history is absorbing and becomes part of the 'Titanic's' history too.
A worthy inclusion in any collection.
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This first-time author has produced a sharp new insight into a story that may seem familiar to many of us. Discovering what happened to those left behind when his grandfather, young violinist Jock Hume, went down with the Titanic makes for a gripping read. I quickly got caught up in the personal family saga that shaped his mother's life, the legal dramas following her birth and the bitter battles between two families who should have been brought together by the tragedy. The author has dug deep to find the truth about his family and in so doing uncovered fascinating facts and figures about this period of our history.
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