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Jude Southerland Kessler: Lennon Biography Series
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John Lennon wrote and recorded A Day In The Life, Strawberry Fields Forever and I Am The Walrus when he was 26. There's a thought for you... Smile

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

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I finished it! All in all I would say it is good book. Not the best book I have every read, but enough that I'm impatient for the second book. This review is based solely on what I read in the book.

What I liked:

John: Why would I read this book if I didn't like him? A sympathetic character without getting too mushy, John wants so badly to become famous but is shocked when anyone actually gives a damn.

Ringo the Badass: He likes verbally spare with John and those rings aren't there for looks, sonny.

Beatle banter: It took a long time to get to this, but it does illustrate why the three (and sometimes four) fit together.

George Smith: The only adult present in John's life that remembered he was a child. The man deserves a medal.

Mona Best: She didn't get a lot of time in this book, but what she did was pretty cool.

Paul & George: They joined, but didn't seem to play a role until Hamburg. But once they did, it made for enjoyable reading.

What I was 'meh' about:

Stu: His mind and body slowly deteriorating (as shown by the 'letters' sent to John) is horribly sad, but I guess I didn't see the chemistry between him and John.

Astrid: Again, showed up because the script said so.

Cynthia: Sweet and determined to please John. That's all you need to know.

What I didn't like:

Allan Williams: I got tired of the bitching. That Lennon wouldn't be nagging you so much if you did your job, manager. I started skimming his parts.

Constant reminders that conversation is conjecture: It should have be saved for the appendix along with her reasoning for setting the scenes as she did.

What I didn't like but had nothing to do with her writing:

She killed his dog: Yes, the world is cruel, but it's not your job to prove it, Mimi.

His parents: If Alf had given Julia a divorce, John could have at least been able to have his mother. If Julia was so free spirited and determined, always getting what she wanted, why couldn't she figure out how to keep him? Stay home for once. Honestly, "He's so happy, he sings himself asleep!". Really?

Would I recommend this book? Yes, for new Beatles fans like me. I'm not sure about more experienced fans.

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!
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skye said:

I ordered Shoulda Been There by Jude Southerland Kessler on Monday. It is apparently a biography of John Lennon (what, did you expect someone else?) and is written as a third person novel. It's the first of a five part series. You can read an excerpt here. It received rave reviews on Amazon and she spent 15+ years doing research, so it should be good. I hope. At worst, I'm stuck with $23 kindling.

Has any else read this book or even heard about it?


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I have read both books out by Jude Southland Kessler-"Shoulda Been There" and "Shivering Inside"  both are awesome about John Lennon, written like a novel but with facts.  I have read many books about John Lennon/The Beatles.  I support her as a author, telling what really happened, making you feel you are right there.  I can't wait for her 3rd book in a 9 book series about John Lennon's life, "She loves You" comes out in 2013..  I think any Beatle fan should give these books a chance for they are really great and enjoyable.

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I've just posted an interview with Jude Southerland Kessler, author of Shoulda Been There and Shivering Inside (and the upcoming She Loves You), part of a series of historical/biographical novels on the life of John Lennon.


She Said So: An Interview with Jude Southerland Kessler


I think you'll enjoy Jude's comments and insights as much as I have, and if you haven't read any of the volumes in her series, I'd highly recommend that you check them out. They are nothing short of captivating.


All the best!

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