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  • Published: 5 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781529125191
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $43.99

The Last Days of John Lennon




The Last Days of John Lennon is the story of John Lennon's life and career, from his earliest days up to his shocking assassination.

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'Incredibly tense and thriller-like . . . I totally recommend it' LEE CHILD

'The dialogue is punchy, cinematic . . . we get inside the mind of Patterson's villain, the delusional Chapman, through periodic chapters from his point of view as he works up the courage to pull the trigger on Lennon' GQ

'Pure Patterson: fast-paced, no-frills' SUNDAY TIMES
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The greatest true-crime story in music history.

A GLOBAL SUPERSTAR

In the summer of 1980, ten years after the break-up of the Beatles, John Lennon signed with a new label, ready to record new music for the first time in years. Everyone was awestruck when Lennon dashed off '(Just Like) Starting Over'. Lennon was back in peak form, with his best songwriting since 'Imagine'.

A DANGEROUSLY OBSESSED FAN

In the years after Lennon left the Beatles, becoming a solo artist and making a life with Yoko Ono in New York City, Mark David Chapman had become fixated on murdering his former hero. He was convinced that Lennon had squandered his talent and betrayed his fans. In December 1980, Chapman boarded a flight from Hawaii to New York with a handgun stowed in his luggage. He was never going home again.

A MURDER THAT STUNNED THE WORLD

Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon's friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is a true-crime drama about two men who changed history. One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day, and the other who ended the music with five pulls of a trigger.

  • Published: 5 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781529125191
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $43.99

About the author

James Patterson

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers, including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, Confessions, and Maximum Ride series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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Praise for The Last Days of John Lennon

We do get the details of Lennon's last days. But we get plenty, too, about his life before that, from childhood onwards. There's also a distinctly thriller-like structure - to go with the thriller-like prose - as Lennon's full story is interspersed with increasingly sinister scenes of Chapman arriving in New York . . . Patterson's admiration for Lennon is clear. Nonetheless, the thoroughly researched biography does remind us again what a contradictory and often troubled character he was.

Reader's Digest

Incredibly tense and thriller-like... I totally recommend it

Lee Child

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