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5 September 2013
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John's half-sister, Julia Baird wrote about the affair in her book too.  According to her, Mimi was 50 & the "boarder" was 24 and Mimi was a virgin.  She says she got her story from another boarder who could confirm it.  Still sounds very sketchy to me!  I'd never heard about it before!

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6 September 2013
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I knew I had read about Mimi's relationship/marriage to George in another source besides Norman's book. SO, I did some research in my "Lennon library" last night. I found a reference to the fact Mimi's marriage to George was never consumated in Albert Goldman's book "The Lives of John Lennon." More important than that, I found a whole chapter on it and Mimi's affair with her boarder in Julia Baird's second book on John ("Imagine This"). She confirmed that Mimi was a virgin. She references Mimi's sister "Mater" telling her (Julia) about this before she died, and she also says that her mum, Julia, also told her the marriage was never consumated. That is why Mimi wanted John so badly, she knew she would not conceive a child on her own. As for her affair with the boarder, Julia Baird tracked him down, wrote to him, and met with him after Mater had mentioned to her that Mimi was having an affair and might move to New Zealand to marry him. The boarder's name was Michael Fishwick. He was a bio-chem student at Liverpool Univ. He came to live with the Lennons in 1951. The affair did not start until 1955, and lasted until 1960. Michael confirmed to Julia that Mimi was a virgin when they started the affair (Mimi was 50, he was 24). They were often intimate in the house using the room next door to John's (John was 15 then). John often spent time at Julia's at this point allowing them to have Mendips to themselves. In 1960, Michael was offered a 3-yr. research post in New Zealand. Mimi was intending to join him there and they would marry, but at the last moment, the funding fell through and he didn't go. At this point, Michael entered the National Service and they drifted apart. John had some real dysfunction in his life...it is amazing he did as well as he did. As for Mimi, her last words, according to Julia Baird were "I'm a wicked woman." It is ironic because here Mimi was doing the same thing she was accusing Julia of doing with "Twitchy" Dykins making Julia the "unfit" mother.

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DrBeatle said

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parlance said
The more I hear about Philip Norman's muckraking - either actual or fabricated - the more nervous I become at the thought that he's doing Paul's bio.
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I would agree with you, but Yoko hired him to write this bio as the authorized Lennon bio. She "unauthorized" it when viewing the final manuscript because she thought he was too tough...on HER! She apparently had no issue with the bits about John, nor did the other sources who reviewed the final manuscript. So as odd and bizarre as some bits in it are, chances are more likely than not that they're true. What makes me nervous about his Paul bio is his unabashed John worship and his unabashed Paul hatred!
 

Actually, you've got it backward.  Yoko was pleased with his white-washing job on her, but felt that he was "too mean" to John.  It's all recorded in the epilogue to Norman's book.

Fuck, I keep getting that wrong! I haven't read the book in about a year but I do remember that now, you're right. It's too bad, because even though the world deserves to know the real Lennon, warts and all, they also need to know all of the awful shit Yoko has said/done. The last thing this planet needs is *MORE* Yoko whitewash!

 

For those who want a story that leans the other direction, I recommend The Last Days of John Lennon by Frederic Seaman.  Plenty of reasons to dislike Yoko in there.

But I'm still buying her new album!

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon
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I just wondered why Julia Baird was so anxious to chase down the truth. I mean, I understand her doing it for herself, but to publish it in a book about her half-brother...I don't understand that. Guess everyone who could/would be hurt by it are dead, but still...it is kinda' disturbing. And, it was her second book on John..she'd already had one payday writing about him. Go figure.

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meanmistermustard said
These details are juicy titbits that would provide a nice headline in an article or point of note in a discussion. Why its even relevant to be commentated on and included is a mystery.

I'm not sure about Baird, but Norman probably included it as part of the overall picture of John Lennon that he painted in his biography as a gay person surrounded by gay people.  "Not that there's anything wrong with being gay," as they say.

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