AND THE BAND PLAYED ON…
By Christopher Ward
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, and uncovered a truth that had been hidden for nearly a hundred years.
When Titanic struck an iceberg and, as the order to abandon ship was given, the orchestra were still playing their instruments on deck when the ship went down. The violinist, 21 year-old Jock Hume, knew that his fiancée, Mary, was expecting their child, the author’s mother. Christopher Ward reveals the catastrophic impact of Jock Hume’s death on two very different families. He paints a vivid portrait of an age in which class determined the way we lived… and died.
Softcover, 274 pages, illustrated.