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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (196 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Lennon Narrator: Christopher Eccleston, Allan Corduner Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781619692466
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A lifetime of letters, collected for the first time, from the legendary musician and songwriter.

John Lennon was one of the greatest songwriters the world has ever known, creator of “Help!,” “Come Together,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Imagine,” and dozens more. But it was in his correspondences that he let his personality and poetry flow unguarded. Now, gathered for the first time in book form, are his letters to family, friends, strangers, and lovers from every point in his life. Funny, informative, wise, poetic, and sometimes heartbreaking, his letters illuminate a never-before-seen intimate side of the private genius.

This groundbreaking collection of almost 300 letters and postcards has been edited and annotated by Hunter Davies, whose authorized biography The Beatles was published to great acclaim. With unparalleled knowledge of Lennon and his contemporaries, Davies reads between the lines of the artist’s words, contextualizing them in Lennon’s life and using them to reveal the man himself. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “I read it from cover to cover and will probably give it as a Christmas present.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “The triumph of these 200 or so letters is that they are not just about John and Mimi, or John and The Beatles, or John and Yoko. They are all of that, but within the framework editor Hunter Davies gives them, they’re also about a time and place, and Lennon’s role within it.”

    Independent (London)

  • “This is a significant piece of work, and a definitive addition to Lennon’s history that will assist historians for generations to come.”


  • “Hunter has done a sensitive and scrupulous job collecting and annotating Lennon’s letters, and the book is beautifully designed.”

    Vanity Fair

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting, personal, filled with doodles to friends, fans, family. Amazing insight into Lennon's informal writings and musings, and a fun read. (I love the Beatles, and anything Beatles. This was a hefty book, but a good one.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 2/1/2014

    " Woody Allen wrote a short comic piece once called "The Metterling Lists." Part of the joke of it was that it was the collected grocery lists of a great man. I was reminded of this as I finished "The John Lennon Letters" (edited by Hunter Davies). I was tempted-- briefly-- to pick at this book for its inconsequential notes and letters and for not living up to my expectations. I was hoping to find great correspondence between Lennon and other famous artists, and more love letters to Yoko. Instead it is full of postcards, memos to servants, a few short notes to fans, etc., literally ending with Lennon's grocery lists. And, of course, one already knows the windup is going to be sad. BUT I am such a huge fan of the man that, in the end, I was won over by the book, for its humility, for its fun and for its beauty (its physical beauty, hats off to the publisher Little, Brown.) You might have to be a Lennon worshiper to fully appreciate this collection, in toto, but, if you are, the rewards are similar to listening to the entire 5 CD set, "The Lennon Anthology." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/16/2014

    " This is a massive book full of letters, postcards and lists that Lennon wrote to friends, family, fans and his fellow Beatles. Through these letters we gain insight into Lennon's personality, a lot of which has been documented before. We see firsthand his wit, his brilliance, his soft side as well his snarky side. It's no secret that Lennon had a nasty side and his ability to deliver a stinging almost cruel verbal lashing is on full display here. The letters are broken down by the period of his life and respected Beatle biographer Hunter Davies provides some valuable insight. That said this book is really geared toward the serious Lennon fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Hogg | 1/12/2014

    " the life of John Lennon is ever so fascinating and this book was wonderful. it really allowed the reader to see into what was happening in the life of John Lennon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/12/2014

    " I love reading anything John wrote, so I really loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 12/29/2013

    " Delightful heap of ephemera with a good bit about the autograph market on the side. Happy Chrimbo, Beatles geeks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roseann | 12/27/2013

    " While not a big John Lennon fan, I enjoyed this pseudo history of the Beatle's through his words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Williams | 12/20/2013

    " The book arrived yesterday and started reading intro by Hunter Davies but got lots of reading to do so till be a dip in and out book, but looking forward to it all the same "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Su Rankin | 12/11/2013

    " Nit a bad book but more like going to a museum than a book to 'read'. You would have to be a die hard fan to work your way through this comprehensive collection of any and ALL writing by John Lennon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyn | 11/20/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I love that pieces of John were found everywhere. I enjoyed seeing his handwriting and illustrations on his letters. For such a grandiose image....he really seemed down to earth in his correspondence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Jewett | 8/6/2013

    " Fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the book was put together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Lovelace | 4/13/2013

    " John wrote to Ringo more than to any other Beatle! (or at least there are more extant postcards). But only Paul rates long poison letters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 2/26/2013

    " Need some time to formulate my thoughts...will get back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/26/2012

    " Excellent collection of as much of John Lennon's letters and postcards from his childhood through his death. Gives you a much broader sense of him as a person (son, nephew, cousin, husband, musician, author, friend, father). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taryn | 11/17/2012

    " Fascinating look into the life of this talented and most interesting fellow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/27/2012

    " I enjoyed getting to know a new side of John Lennon. "

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About the Author
John Lennon was born in Liverpool in 1940. A singer, songwriter, and musician, he was one of the cofounders of The Beatles. He died in 1980.
About the Narrators

Christopher Eccleston is an English actor who is known for his extensive television work, most notably portraying the Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who. He was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has received two RTS Awards for Best Actor. 

Allan Corduner is a voice, film, and theater actor who has worked in London’s West End and on Broadway. He is the winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also appeared in several BBC Radio 4 plays, including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Insignificance. His narration includes The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series.