John by Cynthia Lennon

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In theory, the disclosures of Lennon's loyal partner from 1958 to 1968 cannot fail to be valuable. On the page, the potential withers.
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Cynthia and John Lennon's relationship spanned ten crucial years of the Beatles phenomenon. But as well as new insight into the Beatles years, Cynthia has a compelling personal story of marriage, motherhood and the man who was to become the most idolised and admired of all the Beatles.
Cynthia is candid about the cruel and the loving sides of John. She tells of the end of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than ever before, and reveals the many difficulties estrangement from John - and then his death - brought for herself and Julian. Cynthia is a remarkable survivor and this is her extraordinary story and unique insight into a man loved and idolised all over the world.

 

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Cynthia Lennon was born in Blackpool, England, in 1939. While attending the Liverpool College of Art she met John Lennon. John and Cynthia married in 1962 and their son, Julian, was born in 1963. The Lennons were divorced in 1969. Cynthia retained custody of Julian, who saw his father sporadically until John was killed in 1980. In the years since, Cynthia has been a restaurateur, a designer, and a television personality. She now lives in Spain with her husband, Noel Charles.
 
Published February 16, 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Andrew Anthony on Oct 15 2005

For all her continuing attachment to her first husband (she has since married three times), Cynthia offers no original insight to the complexity of his character.

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Reviewed by Michel Faber on Oct 07 2005

In theory, the disclosures of Lennon's loyal partner from 1958 to 1968 cannot fail to be valuable. On the page, the potential withers.

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Reviewed by Michel Faber on Oct 07 2005

Like most memoirs, John is being marketed as a story told "for the first time", but Beatles scholarship is a thoroughly strip-mined quarry and the scope for fresh discoveries is meagre.

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Reviewed by L.D. Meagher on Oct 06 2005

Though hardly a tell-all, "John" is, if you will, a "tell-more." Cynthia Lennon reveals her true feelings about John -- then and now -- and Yoko -- then and now. The book is highly readable and, in its own way, a loving tribute.

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