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The international bestselling memoir of the most idolised Beatle, John Lennon - by his first wife Cynthia.

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Cynthia Lennon was born in Blackpool in 1939 and brought up in Liverpool. She went to Liverpool's Junior Art School and graduated to Liverpool College of Art in 1957. There she met John Lennon, whose rebellious style, caustic wit and passion for rock and roll already marked him out. In their second year at college John and Cynthia fell in love. They married in 1962 and in 1963 their son, Julian was born. The Lennons moved to London in 1963 and then to Surrey, where they lived during the years of Beatles fame. In 1968 their marriage broke down and they were divorced in 1969. Julian remained with Cynthia, but saw John in London and later in New York, where he moved with his second wife, Yoko Ono. Cynthia now lives with her husband Noel Charles.


There's a lot of cruelty (his) and bitterness (hers) in this book by the late Beatle's first wife and mother of his elder son, Julian Lennon. A rehash of the Beatles' beginnings from the wife's point of view, the book reveals that Lennon was a pretty messed-up guy who preached universal love for the world and ignored his own family. Saddest, of course, is the effect of all this on Julian, who writes the introduction and praises Mum for her courage and love. Three marriages later, though, Cynthia still burns with anger-mostly at Yoko Ono, whom she believes brainwashed John. When asked if she was sorry she'd fallen in love with the singer-songwriter in the first place, she writes, "If I'd known as a teenager what falling for John Lennon would lead to, I would have turned round right then and walked away." If only she had let him be. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'fascinating...all Beatles fans will be interested in the book, the best in recent years'. -- The Sunday Times 20051003 'an engaging memoir... along the way, it offers a fascinating glimpse into an altogether more innocent age, before star-makers and svengalis began colluding with marketing men and TV execs ...' -- Independent 20050930 'vivid and engaging... refreshingly free of bitterness.' -- Mail on Sunday 20050930 'A fascinating first-hand account of one of the most bizarre phenomena of the 20th century.' -- Sunday Telegraph 20051003 'Fascinating stuff' -- Evening Standard 20051004 'loving but candid... vividly captures the time and place and the characters.' -- Washington Post 20051003 'A fascinating read that offers an insight into a brilliant and complex man.' -- The Sun 20051003

Lennon gives her perspective on the Beatles, Yoko Ono, and famous ex-husband, John. A heartfelt introduction, written and read by their son, Julian, reveals that he is understandably conflicted about his father's appalling behavior toward both him and his mom. The author is candid about John's family history and the verbal abuse he suffered from his terrifying Aunt Mimi. She details the whirlwind events that led to the Beatles becoming arguably the chief pop culture icons of the latter half of the 20th century. Her justifiable dislike of Ono is vivid and backed up by a number of events, which, if even partly true, certainly correspond with the controlling image Ono has in the history of the Fab Four. Rosalyn Landor's pacing is excellent, and she is especially good at sounding like the young, na?ve Cynthia. By the end, one feels disillusioned about John and impatient with his lifelong lack of sense regarding spouses, disgusted with Ono, and most compassionate toward Julian. Suitable for YAs, but mostly for adults in public libraries.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Lib., Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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