Title: And the Band Played On...
Author: Christopher Ward
Pages (or KB): 289 (2856)
On 14th April 1912 the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank. Fifteen hundred 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. They were still playing when the ship went down. The violinist, 21 year-old Jock Hume, knew that his fiancÃ©e, Mary, was expecting their first child, the author's mother. One hundred years later, Christopher Ward reveals a dramatic story of love, loss and betrayal, and the catastrophic impact of Jock's death on two very different Scottish families. He paints a vivid portrait of an age in which class determined the way you lived - and died. 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, a truth that had been hidden for nearly a hundred years.
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Really interesting read about the sinking of the Titanic and how it effected the lives of this family and so many other Titanic family members the world over. This coming from an author who just went about wanting to know more about his family and not realizing how his family was connected to the Titanic and just how much that has effected the lives around him.
From bills for buttons to mass graves at sea this is a honest and very real story that at times is rather hard to read because of the great detail. Still it was well worth the read.