And the Band Played On: The enthralling account of what happened after the Titanic sank Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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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)
AND THE BAND PLAYED ON brings to life the trauma of the Titanic through the true story of one family.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
I read this book in 2 days, staying up to 3 am to finish it. This is a great book.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really gives the reader an insight into the events of the Titanic's sinking. It brings reality into the story of the unsinkable Titanic.Published 1 month ago by Catcrazylady
Very emotional book which I think brings a human touch to the tragedy. Read with a box of tissues by your sidePublished 6 months ago by Mrs Jamie-Louise Haddow
A very interesting book and well written having had a relative who lost his life on the Titanic it has been of great interestPublished 9 months ago by Mrs. P. Toner
Am looking forward to reading this after reading an extract in The Daily Mail. It is fiction, about the Titanic which is what I am interested in.Published 10 months ago by Annabel Griffin
Intriguing story. Highly researched and well written. A brilliant book.Published 10 months ago by Mr Jackson
Good book solid facts but the tone of the book is very patronising and I felt annoyed throughout reading as some prices of information regarding the author seemed Aragont or... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. B. Davis
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