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

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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, whenthe 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 asthe ship went down. The
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Feb 02, 2012 Dem rated it really liked it
On 14th April 1912, 1,497 passengers and crew lost their lives on The Titanic's maiden voyage. As the ship sank the orchestra took their instruments on deck and continued to play.

A young man by the name of Jock Hume who played the violin with this Orchestra lost his life that night while his finance Mary who was expecting their first child was awaiting his return back home in Scotland.

This is a fascinating story of the Hume and Costin Family and offers a different side of the Titanic story as t
Reet Champion
At long last we have a book that focuses on the life of the violinist John Law "Jock" Hume and that of his family. From his death on Titanicthose many years agoto Dumfries, Scotland where his fiancee and father and step-mother fight it out in the aftermath of the disaster readers are in for one wild ride.

I must say that I am very disappointed in And the Band Played On.I waited many months before breaking down and purchasing a copy, my interest first being piqued when it was released in 2011; tha
Mar 30, 2012 Tara rated it it was ok
This really was a fascinating story, but the reading was difficult at times. The author jumped around in time quite a bit without much transition and it became very confusing. He had a tendency to use adjectives to describe characters but didn't explain further what he meant (for example describing someone as arrogant but not backing it up with examples)and was often repetitive and long winded in the imagery.

He billed the book as one that would discuss class differences and while he did that he
Lawrence Windrush
Aug 29, 2012 Lawrence Windrush rated it did not like it

A violinist plays Nearer my god to thee as icing tongues of water grip his ankles and then he dies of hyperthermia in the dark Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the New World. It's a familiar story with an added twist, the author was his grandfather. His mother was born months later and so this slight memoir descends into petty squabbles about rights to a bereavement fund, and fraud. It has a dank tone of resentment and the chief character of the story Jock the violinist never comes alive. One me
Pamela Todd
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
Apr 10, 2012 Dia rated it it was amazing
Very interesting to journey with this family as they deal with the aftermath of losing their son & brother in the disaster. The father of the victim is especially disturbing as is the way the various companies dealt with the victim's families. Many things were brought to life that I never thought about before when thinking about this event. For example, the challenges faced by the crew of the ship that was sent out to recover the bodies from the ocean, and the families that waited for that s ...more
Charly Fitzpatrick
I was leant "And The Band Played On" shortly after having visited Southampton for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I have only just got round to reading it.I did, however, know some of the story having seem the documentary "Titanic:The Aftermath" which was based on this book.

Anyway, I am glad I have now Christopher Ward's book which is about his grandparents - Mary Costin and Jock Hume. Jock was a member of the band who played on The Titanic and died aged 21 on that "night to
Feb 01, 2016 Maria rated it liked it
A personal journey through what it must have been like to have lost someone, in what at the time, was the world's greatest tragedy, providing insight into the class politics behind who was saved, honored and remembered.

With a compelling start the writer has us hanging on, savouring details of the event that affected tycoons such as JJ Astor and the writer's own grandfather, Jock Hume, the violinist who played 'Nearer my God to thee'. You will learn what it was like to be family picking up the p
Apr 22, 2015 Kiwiflora rated it really liked it
Over 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, it still holds a fascination over many. That movie in 1997, immortalised by Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On', and that scene of Jack and Rose on the front most tip of the ship are the images that immediately come to mind when thinking of this tragedy. I can't forget either, the shot of the band playing on the main deck as the ship is going down around them, knowing they were doomed, but this was their job and their duty. There were over ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Kath rated it liked it
An interesting factual read and containing much sad information about the Titanic disaster that I did not know. It is easy to imagine people 'long ago' did not feel things as acutely as we do today, but of course they did. The public anger, grief and generosity were just like any response to a national disaster that we experience today. Like the BBC programme 'Who do you think you are?' the author focuses on some of his ancestors much more than others, who may have been equally interesting and t ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Brenda rated it it was ok
This is a badly written narrative about what happened after the Titanic sank. The novel doesn't succeed at portraying well-rounded characters. People are mostly described in simplistic terms. Reading the book was like listening to someone talking: this happened, then this happened, after that this happened, and this unrelated event also happened...

However, there are some interesting things. I did learn about the Titanic's aftermath. It was a nice, different perspective to what is usually talked
Sandi Barry
Jan 25, 2016 Sandi Barry rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this book did not live up to the synopsis. I expected a somewhat chronological story involving the violinist, his family, his fiancee's family, and his child's subsequent life. I expected it to include the theme of class distinction throughout, and the details of the promised 100-year old mystery.
While there were many parts of the book that were engrossing and enlightening (the life of a musician on various ships; the decisions made regarding burial of recovered bodies; the White
Jul 23, 2015 Priscilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
Great book! It was a bit dry when it came to the details of the violin, popular types and how they are made, but it really picks up when they are describing the human side of Jock Hume. He was the violinist in the band that went down when the Titanic sank. It's a interesting read bc we hear so much about what happened as the boat went down, and never enough about what it was like for the friends and family who were left behind.

Also, the White Star Line were jerks in their response to the disaste
Aban (Aby)
Dec 08, 2012 Aban (Aby) rated it liked it
The author, Christopher Ward, is the grandson of the violinist, Jock Hume, who played in the band on the Titanic. (His book commerates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the great liner.) It focuses on events surrounding the disaster and also on the lives of the families of Jock and of his fiancee, Mary Costin. There was much in the book to hold my interest, especially the efforts to recover the bodies. I was saddened, though not surprised, to read that social class played a significant rol ...more
Prompted to read this given the 100th anniversary of sinking of Titanic. I'd watched Ward interviewed on BBC Breakfast last year and remember thinking that I might like to read his book but didn't know much about it beyond the mention on the TV.

There were some aspects that were fascinating (and new to learn) eg the story of the Mackay-Bennett's role in retrieving bodies, the story of Andrew Hume and his business as a violin player and maker, one families experiences at the hands of the White St
Mar 03, 2013 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book started really strongly but began to fade toward the end as the trauma of the Titanic sinking faded to the background and the tale of a Scottish family began to take precedence. Not that the latter story isn't interesting, it just doesn't have the enormity of the disaster, made even more dramatic through the stories of the ordinary people who were involved.
The story of the band playing Abide With Me as the Titanic went down is well known, probably thanks to the movie, but you wonder h
This is a fascinating and extremely interesting book to read; not just the story of the tragic loss of 1,497 souls aboard the White Star Liner “The Titanic”, but the history of one family whose lives were blighted by the death of one of those lost souls; their son, brother and sweetheart, Jock Hume.
From a genealogical point of view it is an interesting excursion into providing some proven facts, however many questions remain unanswered. It may well be that from the writing of this history furthe
Paulette D.
May 30, 2013 Paulette D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Christopher Ward's "And the Band Played On." The details about what happened to those who lost loved ones on the "Titanic" fascinated me. Ward focuses on his grandfather, who was John (Jock) Law Hume, a violinist in the band who played "Nearer My God to Thee" as the ocean liner sank. He left behind his pregnant fiancee and a feisty, dysfunctional family. Besides explaining the process for recovering, identifying, and burying the bodies, Ward also contrasts the impact of t ...more
May 09, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: titanic
Just finished this and I'm somewhat overwhelmed by the whole thing. I started reading it because it is a book related to the Titanic. I had seen a brief bit of the documentary mentioned in the book and thought the story would be interesting.

Interesting it was! Jock and Mary are not the main characters of this story. Their stories would be a great story, but it wouldn't be all that interesting, especially in current times. Young man and women fall in love, conceive a child before legal marriage,
Gerry McMillan
Feb 04, 2016 Gerry McMillan rated it really liked it
Jock Hume was a 21 year violinist who played in the band on the Titanic. In this wonderful book Christopher Ward, Hume's grandson tells the story of this musician. The writer set out to find out more about his grandfather. What he finds is troubling. The death of Hume still effects the writer and his family 10o years later. A great read. Another take on the Titanic story
A story of the Titanic that is not over-shadowed by the ship itself. It tells the story of John Law Hume and Mary Costin as well as their families and all of the love, loss, betrayal and fraud surrounding them.
Written by Hume's grandson originally as a family ancestry project, you truly live inside the information the author has presented. Written in a simple style and incredibly easy to follow this is a fantastic beginning point for anyone interested in Titanic history. The story of the Titani
Aug 30, 2012 Niffer rated it liked it
Shelves: misc-non-fiction
Generally a good book and definitely a quick read but sometimes the author veered away from the main concept of his story a bit. As he was writing about his own family, I think it was difficult sometimes for him to report the facts without them being overshadowed by some of the bitterness of what happened. There was also a parallel story about another woman who survived the Titanic that seemed a bit superfluous to this story. I think that the author intended to provide an interesting juxtapositi ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Ellie rated it liked it

Being a huge Titanic fan I picked this up and even though I didn't enjoyed it as much as I hoped to it was certainly an informative read.

The author is actually the grandson of the famous violinist Jock Hume that played on the luxurious liner with his band until the water had washed over their feet. The book is mainly about Ward's journey in obtaining this information, the life of Jock Hume and the result of his death on his family.

Although this book focusses more on Jock Hume than the actual s
Jun 10, 2015 Sinead rated it really liked it
Haven't read a non-fiction book just for my pleasure for a while so it was nice to pick up a book that was very well written and very easy to fall into (forgive the pun). The Titanic disaster will forever remain a sad poignant event in our history but this book brought the individuals alive with a well researched history. I have not seen many books out there that discuss the implications that so many deaths had on British society but this did not mean that this book had a sombre tone to it. It i ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
A fascinating look into the aftermath of the Titanic sinking. My knowledge of the Titanic ended with the dead in Nova Scotia, but this book really shed a light on how devastating the sinking was for those left behind.
Sep 25, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
Starts off strong with details of the "morgue ship" that came to collect bodies after Titanic sunk. Really interesting details about the aftermath and how the disaster was dealt with in the press, etc. I lost interest in the love story and family feud.
Jun 21, 2012 Alison rated it liked it
The early 20th century is a period in history that fascinates me. I've never read a book about the Titanic but I chose this because it comes from a family history perspective and starts with the sinking of the Titanic.

I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second. The chapters on the recovery a d processing of the bodies was both fascinating and horrifying and not something I'd really thought about.

I did get slightly irritated by the author's description of events and how his Great G
Apr 19, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book one I couldnt put down .... I saw a programme recently during the Titanic fest where by Andrew Hume grand daughter from his surviving son said she thought her grandfather a wonderful man a totally different story to one painted by the author's mother Andrew Humes illigitimate grand daughter where he and his second wife regularly beat up the children left at home so in the end they ended up troubles people and left home asap they could. He even took the money that was paid to his d ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Elina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My eagerness to read this book was peaked by the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. I did not expect to plow through it in 3 days, thought. What a fascinating story! Most non-fiction literature about the Titanic that I have come across focuses on the sinking, how it could have been prevented, and ends shortly after the survivors are picked up. This book, however, gives an in depth look not only at one family's aftermath of the tragedy, but also the recovery of the floating dead, ...more
Amy Nelson
Jul 09, 2015 Amy Nelson rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Fascinating true story about what happened after the Titanic sank.
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Christopher Ward is the grandson of Jock Hume and Mary Costin. He is a former editor of the Daily Express.
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