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

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  92 reviews
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, when the 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 as the ship went down.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Jan 07, 2012 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
Mar 04, 2012 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
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
Lawrence Windrush
Aug 24, 2012 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
Jock Hume was a young violinist, playing in the band on the Titanic the band that famously played bravely on, as the ship sank. Jock, along with the rest of the band, died that night. The author of the book is a descendant of Jock and is looking not only at the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, but is looking closely at Jocks life and volatile relationship with his musician/violinist and violin-maker father. Ward also looks at, in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, the woman that Jock left ...more
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 Titanic those many years ago to 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;
Mar 25, 2012 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 ...more
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Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a fascinating story of the author's grandfather who was a violinist in the band on board the Titanic, his family, and how one of the world's most famous tragedies changed his family's life forever.
What fascinated me the most about this book was the author's personal connection to the Titanic, writing about one of his ancestors. This book did have its fair share of drama, from the Titanic's sinking and the
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: titanic, non-fiction
I actually read some great new facts in this read! Although very heart-breaking!!

Was interesting to read what happened after the Titanic also.

My obsession with the Titanic is growing...

Shirley Revill
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Loved this book. It was a very interesting read. Recommended.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the book even though the writing was inconsistent. From the title of the book you would think the book would be more about the entire band and its members on the Titanic. I understand the author was writing about his grandfather and the aftermath of his dying but the characters he mentioned should have been explored a bit further. He tried to draw a parallel between his grandfather and John Jacob Astor which I wish could have been delved into a bit further. They both left pregnant women ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tragic story but very interesting. The author has done extensive research which revealed information about the fate of those who perished and those who where left behind. The White Star line don't come out very well in the way they dealt with the aftermath. The author's personal story is very sad and probably representative of many others
Alicia Adams
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I couldnt put it down and looked forward to reading it every evening. During the days Id think about Jock, Mary and Andrew and what life was going to bring them and it was fascinating.

I definitely recommend this book, it takes you through ups and downs and I honestly feel honoured to have been able to read about the lives of Wards family, so thank you!
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Titanic disaster was tragic, and we know so much about it, but the aftermath is even more tragic and gruesome as grief was made worse by corporate greed and insensitivity. Fascinating account of one familys trajectory off of that iceberg. I never heard about what happened in the days and weeks after the sinking. Fascinating. ...more
Miaomiao Guo
This book is attractive to me because it is sort of related to Titanic. However, while from the very beginning of this book, it says this is not about the ship nor the accident but its about a true story of the man who died from the Titanic accident. I enjoy reading the background of two families and several people. But the last a few chapters are a little boring to me though. ...more
Tiffany Johnstone
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is a particularly heartbreaking story I think readers will find. I think readers will find Jock Humes personal life interesting, before and after his death. It certainly is an interesting story.
Donna Linton-Palmer
Quite an interesting account of events that happened and the impact on lives after the Titanic sank in April 1912. The author's grandfather was the violin player in the band on the Titanic - Jock Hume, and he has done extensive research to document the events recorded.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm afraid I was massively disappointed by And The Band Played On. It started well enough - the details of the immediate aftermath of the Titanic disaster, told through the medium of Jock Hume, a 21-yr-old violinist in the band that played Nearer My God To Thee as the ship went down. Hume also happened to be the author's grandfather.

By way of contrast, the book follows a little of the aftermath of a rich American passenger's demise too, but this book is really a family history.

The story is
Rosemarie Oconnor
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-non-fiction
I've always wondered about what happened after the Titanic sank. This is an loving tribute to the author's grandfather who was a member of the band.
Robert ruffler
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Could not put the book down
Well done Christopher. Ward
A credit to you and your family
Jock would have been so proud of you
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got this book at the Titanic memorial museum in Cobh, Ireland. I really enjoyed reading the history about this particular family and the impact of the Titanic. I did follow up on the authors' website and found out some more great details about a second family the main character had!
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 further
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Titanic
Very informative and fascinating read though I did need to ask my Dad what a few of the big words meant
Apr 19, 2015 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
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
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
May 09, 2013 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,
Paulette D.
May 30, 2013 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 ...more
Aban (Aby)
Dec 08, 2012 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 ...more
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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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