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Paul McCartney: The Life by [Norman, Philip]
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"An enormous and sympathetic book.... It's rich with detail about Mr. McCartney's philanthropy, his knighthood, his taste in country homes, his dabbling as a painter, a poet and a composer of classical music.... The story of its subject's life from his childhood in Liverpool through the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 has lost none of its ability to charm ... One of the best stories the past century has to tell."―Dwight Garner, New York Times

"Norman offers a fully-fleshed out biography . . . What Norman gets so very right are the feelings: the intense relationship between John and Paul with its curves and angles; the normality being a husband and father brought him; the improbability of being one of the most famous men in the world. The shelves are full of books about the Beatles, but fans will want to make room for this one."―Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred)

"The most thorough and insightful biography of Paul McCartney to date.... Paul McCartney: The Life is loaded with wonderful passages, fascinating stories and cracking humor... A masterful account, the kind of biography fitting McCartney's continued prowess and genius. Or, as McCartney said at the end of one Beatles take, 'Keep that one. Mark it 'FAB.''"―Jeremy Mikula, Chicago Tribune

"Norman's portrait of McCartney is fascinating and exhaustive.... Norman lifts the curtain to show us the real guy."―William McKeen, Boston Globe

"A thorough, objective telling of McCartney's story--in and out of the most famous band ever. But it's also a breezy read, considering the tremendous ground it covers."―Jeff Slate, Esquire

"A compelling narrative about a working-class Liverpudlian whose extraordinary musical gifts made him the most successful songwriter in history... McCartney emerges from [the book] as a textured but decent man."―Graham Boynton, Newsweek

"Norman is thorough... and his book gives us a fuller McCartney than you'll find anywhere else."―Colin Fleming, Washington Post

"Norman shows McCartney in all his colors: artist, songwriter, genius, family man, and businessman... Even those of us with bookshelves full of Beatles books and libraries of bootleg recordings will be surprised by what they read in The Life."―Laurie Ulster, bio.

"The once-for-all-time record of the lad from Liverpool whose song lyrics and boyish good looks broke hearts and whose career after the Beatles was almost as successful as his time with them."―Henry L. Carrigan Jr., BookPage

"Where [the] book succeeds the most is bringing the reader into Mr. McCartney's private life... The most up-to-date account of Paul's life to yet appear."―The Economist

"Philip Norman's considered biography portrays the 'cute' Beatle in all his creative complexity and breadth."―Neil Spencer, The Guardian

"Where Norman's depth of knowledge comes in handy is in his descriptions of the Beatles, and McCartney in particular, at work... His book conveys a strong enough sense of McCartney's temperament and life priorities to give readers a new understanding of how utterly they're reflected in his art."―Tom Carson, The Barnes & Noble Review

About the Author

Philip Norman is the bestselling biographer of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Elton John, and Mick Jagger, and the author of the classic Beatles biography SHOUT! He is also a novelist and playwright. He lives in London.

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  • File Size: 18328 KB
  • Print Length: 813 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316327964
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 3, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2016
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0151YQYV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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