'The John Lennon Letters'

9-2012 'The John Lennon Letters', a new book celebrating John Lennon's life is coming out October 9. Christopher Eccleston will be reading the audio version. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Publishing Group:
Containing over 250 postcards, letters and illustrations (many never seen before) this offers a singular insight into the world of John Lennon and is fully endorsed by Yoko Ono (who has just recorded the introduction to the audio edition), and edited by Beatles biographer Hunter Davies.
The book will be available as hardback, paperback, ebook, audio cd, digital audio download.

NEWFree lite version available for iPad - video (youtube)

Now also an app. 

• Listen to RTÉ interview with Hunter Davies (iTunes; scroll down to 8 10 12).

• Audio version available from:  
amazon.com:  audio CD, digital audiobook - more on the publisher Hachette's site
amazon.co.uk: audio CD, digital audiobook - bookdepository.co.ukhive.co.uk

Official presentation: 
First ever collection of the letters of John Lennon, an international publishing event.
John Lennon was a writer as well as a musician. It was entirely natural for him to put pen to paper whenever he had an idea, a thought, a reaction or a desire to communicate.
He lived - and died - in an age before emails and texts. Pen and ink was what he turned to. John wrote letters and postcards all of his life; to his friends, family, strangers, newspapers, organisations, lawyers and the laundry - most of which were funny, informative, campaigning, wise, mad, poetic, anguished and sometimes heartbreaking. For the first time, John's widow, Yoko Ono, has given permission to publish a collection of his letters. The Editor is the Beatles' official biographer, Hunter Davies, who knew John well. 
John's letters are in a way something of a mystery - where are they all? Over the years many have come up at auction, then sold to dealers and collectors. Or they have been kept by the recipients, locked up safely. It has been a wonderful piece of detective work tracing many of these 250 letters, postcards and notes, which are arranged in chronological order, so that a narrative builds up, reflecting John's life. It will be visual - in a sense that many of the letters are reproduced as they were, in his handwriting or typing, plus the odd cartoon or doodle. THE JOHN LENNON LETTERS is fundamentally a book to read and study, providing a unique insight into the mind of one of the great figures of our times.
John's letters are read by Christopher Eccleston. Christopher Eccleston is an English actor who has had a hugely successful career in film, TV and on stage. His regular appearance on the TV series, Cracker, in 1993 brought him recognition and he went on to star along side such actresses as Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett. He won the 2011 International Emmy Award for his performance in Jimmy McGovern's Accused. He played John Lennon in the 2010 TV movie in and has twice been nominated in the Best Actor category of the BAFTA TV Awards.
Hunter's editorial materials are read by Allan Corduner. Allan Corduner trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has appeared on stage in Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, Serious Money in the West End and Titanic on Broadway, and on screen in Yentl and Topsy-Turvy, amonst many other roles. He is a highly experience voice actor and memorably narrated the voice of Death when reading The Book Thief. He has read Elspeth Coopers' Wild Hunt novels for Orion.
Includes a foreword read by Yoko Ono.
The book will be presented at The British Library, Oct 11 (Orion's page) and Victoria & Albert Museum, Dec 3 (Orion's page).


lilsmum said...

Do you happen to know whether Chris is due to attend either of the Lennon events?

Alex said...

The British Library only lists Hunter Davies, there's no info for the other event yet.

If anyone knows more about it, please chime in.

NR TM said...

'Elo. I'm a Mac noob so is only exclusively available on iPads? I only have an iPhone 5.

Thanks for the help!

Alex said...

Hiya. Yes, it's for iPad only at the moment.