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First Violin, The

The Life, loves, and loss of the Titanic's violinist John Law Hume

by (author) Yvonne Hume

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Jan 2012
Composers & Musicians
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2012
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In Halifax's Fairview Cemetery lies the body of John Law Hume, first violinist of RMS Titanic. As the ship sank that tragic night in April 1912, legend has it that the band played on right to the very end.The First Violin tells the story of the construction and sinking of the great ocean liner on her maiden voyage and also recounts the fascinating life and loss of the ship's violinist John Law Hume. Written by Hume's great-niece, Yvonne Hume, the book traces the first violinist's early years in Dumfries, Scotland, the events that led him to play on board the Titanic, and the doomed voyage across the Atlantic.The book also recounts the chaotic aftermath, with the recovery of bodies and the eventually identification in the Halifax graveyard of body No. 193: John Law Hume. This illustrated edition includes over 100 photos, diagrams, and letters documenting the tragic story, and includes a short foreword by Millvina Dean, Titanic's last survivor.

About the author

YVONNE HUME, great-niece of John Law Hume, the first violinist on the Titanic, has a proud family connection to the Titanic disaster. An avid chef, Hume has written recipes for numerous publications as well as her own restaurants. She is also the author of RMS Titanic: The First Violin, a biography of her great-uncle. She lives and writes in Norfolk, England.

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