Win a copy of 'The Making of John Lennon'

Enter to win an advance copy of The Making of John Lennon and discover the true story of the man behind the legend. Can't wait? Bookstore employees, librarians, and members of the media can request a digital ARC on Edelweiss.

“The author focuses on the question of what might have caused the downfall of one of the most brilliant musicians of the past century," said the Huffington Post, "Kenny emphasizes three main influences which helped shape Lennon’s creative process and stayed with him throughout his life: his strong roots in his hometown of Liverpool; his troubled mental health; and a turbulent family background.”

"This isn't a roller-coaster ride, skipping through John Lennon’s life," explained Bill Harry, author of The John Lennon Encyclopedia, "but a carefully prepared examination of his early years, slowly examining the general picture that surrounded John’s life, rather than focusing on one specific aspect, wrapping the surroundings of the city, the family, the friends, the music and the events which forged the young man who became a 20th century icon, into a whole.”

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Liverpool, Francis Kenny reveals the real John Lennon who preceded the legend, showing how his childhood shaped his personality, creative process, and path to success, and how it also destroyed his mental health, leading to the downfall of one of the most confident and brilliant musicians of the past century.

The Making of John Lennon is a must-read for any Beatles fan. It explains how Lennon’s turbulent family background affected his relationships, why the true inspiration for “Strawberry Fields” could not be revealed, how Pete Best's college connection led to his removal from the group, and why class backgrounds were the real reason for the break-up of the legendary band. Offering a complex portrait of Lennon’s early life, The Making of John Lennon tells the true story behind the rise of the legendary icon.

The Making of John Lennon will be available wherever books are sold on August 1; pre-order a copy from your favorite bookseller today!

August 1, 2018 Update: This contest has ended, thank you for your participation! Winners will be notified shortly.