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The "Beatles": The Only Authorized Biography
The "Beatles": The Only Authorized Biography
by Hunter Davies
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering result of unique access to four icons., 6 Oct. 1999
A frank and comprehensive biography of the Fabs, which even that bastion of frankness (J. W. Lennon) found an uncomfortable read. But for all that, don't expect a book full of gossip and poorly researched heresay; this is, for my money, the ultimate book about the Beatles.
Granted unique access to the group at the height of their creativity, Davies tells the stories of their respective backgrounds, collated with excellent first hand accounts form themselves, their family and friends.
Mostly written without the contemporary benefit of knowing "the end of the story" Davies nevertheless successfully chronicles a group on the edge of deep artistic implosion, whilst cleverly never letting you forget that they first and foremost were very close friends.
Latterly updated with the facts etc. beyond 67/68 and an interesting if brief run through solo careers, this is a fascinating biog, well written, thoroughly researched, and definitely not, as a momentarily bitter Lennon remarked "a whitewash."
If you want to know about the Beatles then read this classic before all else

Real Love: The Drawings for Sean
Real Love: The Drawings for Sean
by John Lennon
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A witty and colourful trip on your children's reading path, 29 Sept. 1999
This book was put together by Lennon as a 'learn to read' exercise for his young child Sean. If you fancy introducing your offspring into the wonderful world of puns and wit, then take a good look at it!
I came to this book with an appreciation of Lennon's drawings- the simplicity of his sketches underlined with a wicked sense of fun have always been their trademark- and I was not dissapointed.
The added colours bring out a beautiful side to the illustrations that might not initially be obvious, and this alone will capture the imagination of your children.
We loved it and is a definite current favouritre with my lads.
On a different level though, it's a charming and moving record of a man loving his boy and playing with, and encouraging that child to contribute and enjoy his or herself.
Well worth purchasing, I hope you enjoy it too!

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