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Written By: Cynthia Lennon

Narrated By: Rosalyn Landor

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2005

Duration: 10 hours 49 minutes


The Extraordinary Story of a Man, a Legend and a Marriage

When she was eighteen years old, a girl named Cynthia Powell met a boy named John Lennon and they fell in love. Their ten-year relationship coincided with the start of the Beatles phenomenon—from Liverpool’s dockside clubs to the dizzying worldwide fame that followed. And Cynthia Lennon, John’s first wife, was an integral part of the swirl of events that are now an indelible part of the history of rock and roll.

In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero and a defining figure of the twentieth century.

Cynthia has seldom talked in any detail about her marriage and the painful events that followed John’s tragic assassination in 1980. Now she candidly reveals the good and the bad, the loving and the cruel sides of John. She tells of the breakdown of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than has ever been disclosed before and documents the difficulties estrangement from John—and his subsequent death—brought for herself and their son, Julian.

In John, Cynthia Lennon has created a vivid portrait of the 1960s, the Beatles and the man she never stopped loving.

The time has come when I feel ready to tell the truth about John and me, our years together and the years since his death. There is so much that I have never said, so many incidents I have never spoken of and so many feelings I have never expressed: great love on one hand; pain, torment and humiliation on the other. Only I know what really happened between us, why we stayed together, why we parted and the price I have paid for being John’s wife.

I want to tell the real story of the real John—the infuriating, lovable, sometimes cruel, funny, talented and needy man who made such an impact on the world. —From the Introduction


  • Mary Cavaliere

    I absolutely loved this book. Much of the info about John's life I knew already, but there was so much more I learned about John from this book and it provided me with an understanding of why he behaved the way he did. I also used to give Yoko Ono the benefit of the doubt because I figured if John loved her there must be something to her. I gave her non-judgment that she didn't deserve. Evil is the only word that comes to mind after hearing this story. What an incredibly strong woman Cynthia was. Her unconditional love for John never wavered, and it brings me peace to know they are reunited again. Julian is a testament to the beautiful spirit named Cynthia Lennon.


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