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Writing a story is a well-tried way of making sense of your life, attempting to give it shape and meaning. The putting of pen to paper, the committing of invisible thoughts to readable words allows us to perceive our world boldly and to give form to our place in that world. This book is my attempt to make sense of my own life and that of my half-brother, John.All families have secret stories and most spend their lives trying to keep them hidden, even from each other. In our family, however, our hidden histories have been hung up across the giant screen of the sky, inviting inspection and criticism from all and sundry..and dissection from the Beatle experts and the John experts. We just had to let them get on with it, knowing that much of it was wrong.In answer to the questions that no-one asked me, I have written this memoir of our childhood. It is the result of conversations from the real people who were actually there at the time, from personal memories, from painstaking research and from emotion.
There may be some parts of our story that will touch parts of your story
After years of hearing the pundits and the so-called experts, most of whom never met John, expanding their own version of our lives, I felt compelled to raise my head above the parapet. To tell it how it was.
Hodder published my story, ‘IMAGINE THIS, growing up with my brother, John Lennon’, in 2006 (hardback) and 2007 (paperback). I wrote the story in an attempt to distinguish fantasy from reality and to establish an historic record for John, for me and for Jackie. More importantly, however, it is the story of our Mother, Julia.
The American publisher changed the title from ‘IMAGINE THIS’, to ‘THE PRIVATE LIFE OF JOHN LENNON, the untold story from his Sister’. I meet Beatle fans and John fans from all over the world, including many from the U.S.. They express astonishment on hearing about the recent book, never having heard of it at home.
So, in order to promote our story into America and beyond, I am offering the remaining U.K. paperback copies of ‘IMAGINE THIS’, followed by the U.S. version, ‘THE PRIVATE LIFE OF JOHN LENNON’. The content is identical. All books and other items below will be signed by me.