Synopses & 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. The violinist, 21 year-old Jock Hume, knew that his fiancée, Mary, was expecting their first child, the author's mother. A century 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 livedand died. This outstanding piece of historical detective work 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 100 years.
"Clever and touching . . . a moving homage to all of the men, women and children who heard the last music played on board the SS Titanic, and to the people they left behind." —Scotsman
"A heartbreaking story, wonderfully told." —Julian Fellowes, screenwriter, Downton Abbey and Gosford Park
"This book is a must-read for those interested in the passing of Titanic and her heroic bandsmen who earned their place in history." —The Titanic Commentator (journal for the Titanic Historical Society)
"Titanic buffs will be especially interested in the details about how Hume's family was treated by the White Star Line. Biography readers will enjoy the honest look at a family touched by tragedy." -LJExpress, daily newsletter from Library Journal
About the Author
is the grandson of Jock Hume, at 21 the youngest member of the Titanic's
orchestra. He is a former columnist for the Daily Mirror
, former editor of the Daily Express
, and the chairman and cofounder of Redwood Publishing, Europe's first customer magazine agency.