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Publisher Description

'A thorough, objective telling of McCartney's story - in and out of the most famous band ever.' ESQUIRE

The first biography written with McCartney's approval and with access to family members and friends closest to him.

In 2013, Sir Paul McCartney granted Philip Norman 'tacit approval' as his biographer. The result is a masterly and complex portrait of the most successful songwriter in history.

It gives a unique insight into McCartney's childhood, blighted by the loss of his mother when he was fourteen, and into the creative symbiosis and fierce rivalry between John Lennon and himself that powered the Beatles' music. Here, too, for the first time, is the full story of McCartney's triumphant but troubled post-Beatles years: the tragic death of his first wife, Linda, and the chaotic divorce from his second wife, Heather Mills.

Paul McCartney is the definitive life of a long-misunderstood genius that superbly evokes half a century of popular music and culture.

Biographies & Memoirs
5 May
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

DaddyMazz ,

A good read

As a "baby boomer" and forever a fan of The Beatles, I recommend this book and really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I feel like a real "slacker" when reading of ALL the things Paul has done and achieved over the many years that have flown by so quickly. There's no stopping him for sure and this book somewhat reveals his personality and tries to expose the "real" Paul, although, I'm not too sure how may sides of the man really exist. Phil, my few criticisms of your book would be: (1) the book's not long enough and sometimes lacking in detail (2) it's The Beatles not just "Beatles" (3) when listing a date, it would be good to know what year it is. I know the chapter may start with a mention but pages on you're not sure. Long live Sir Paul and thanks for your book Phil xx

jacfan ,


A very well researched and written biography. I learnt so much that as a teen I never knew about not only Paul McCartney but of course The Beatles. Anyone who loved The Beatles should read this book.

ms chan258 ,

Poor biography of a great Beatle!

Very disappointing book...the research was extremely poor with many mistakes by the man who has been Paul bashing for the past 45 years. If you're not into facts then you'll enjoy it!

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