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Imagine This

Julia Baird

8 Reviews

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Biography: general, Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction

An extraordinarily moving and honest memoir by John Lennon's sister revealing for the first time the often painful and lonely childhood that was to have such reverberations for his and her own life.

Until now, the true story of John Lennon's childhood has never been told. John's sister Julia has herself been on a personal journey that has made it possible only now to reveal the full extent of the pain and difficulties - as well as the happier times - living inside John Lennon's family brought.

Julia reveals the various strong, self-willed and selfish women who surrounded John as he grew up. John was removed from his mother at the age of 5 to live with his Aunt Mimi, and here Julia shows for the first time the cruelty of this decision - to both mother and son, she sheds a new light on his upbringing with Mimi which is often at dramatic odds with the accepted tale. John's frequent visits to his mother and sisters gave him the liveliness, freedom and love he sought and allowed him to develop his musical talents. The tragic death of their mother, knocked down outside Aunt Mimi's house by a speeding car when John was 17, meant that life for him and his sisters would never be the same again.

Poignant, raw and beautifully written, IMAGINE THIS casts John Lennon's life in a new light and reveals the source of his emotional fragility and musical genius. It is also one family's extraordinary story of how it dealt with fame and tragedy beyond all imagining.

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Praise for Imagine This

  • A tragic story . . . also a tenderly evoked memoir of a Liverpool childhood - The Independent

  • Honest and poignant, this enjoyable read offers fans a new perspective on their idol - The Sun

  • A moving account of the Beatle's childhood by his half-sister . . . fascinating - Observer Music Monthly

  • Philip Larkin's much-quoted lines about sex being invented in 1963 "between the end of the Chatterley ban/ And the Beatles first LP" stand corrected here. Perhaps life was dull in Hull and Coventry, but on this account there was plenty of passion in Liverpool - The Irish Times

  • A poignant powerful tale that throws new light on the Lennon legend - The Scottish Sunday Post

  • An unusual treat - Aberdeen Evening Express

  • His sister's important new account chronicles the pivotal childhood years that provided the source of both Lennon's rich creativity and personal vulnerability - Good Books Guide

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  • I have read many, many books about The Beatles and John Lennon specifically and this is one of my absolute favourites. John through his little sister's eyes is something really special.

    Joan Jett

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Julia Baird

Julia Baird has an MA in Philosophy of Education and first worked as a teacher of French and English before going on to work as a special needs teacher for 15 years with excluded adolescents in the most deprived areas of Chester. She has three children and is now a director of Cavern City Tours. She has written one previous book, JOHN LENNON: MY BROTHER, now out of print.

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