John Lennon Series Book II Review : "Shivering Inside"
The second book in the John Lennon series by author Jude Kessler takes place from December 1961-mid-April 1963 & covers all the rapid changes in John's life.
"Shivering Inside" starts off when manager, Brian Epstein contacts Tony Barrow who had been a reviewer for The Liverpool Echo, asking him to mention The Beatles in his column. As it would turn out Tony had switched jobs & was now writing liner notes for Decca Records.
Tony would eventually become a press agent for the Beatles (1963-1968) & Brian would end up getting the Beatles a recording contract on EMI-Parlophone via George Martin.
The Beatles popularity starts rising steadily & by 1963, their demand is growing at a rapid pace. "Shivering Inside" portrays this period in John's career & the single-minded pursuit of becoming the "Toppermost Of The Poppermost".
Reading this book was very emotional in parts. Jude handles John's struggles astutely with keen insight. The most emotional parts being his sadness still at the loss of Julia & his traumatic loss of his friend, Stuart Sutcliffe. Reading his struggles, I often found my heart breaking for John.
Eventually you can see the events throughout this period were becoming too much for John at times. As the book's title suggests, John struggled with inadequacies which often led to a deep seated fear. The fear portrayed itself clearly when John became a husband & father. John had no clear paternal figure in his life, except for his Uncle George, so he questioned whether or not his newborn son, Julian, would likewise suffer a similar fate. "Shivering Inside" ends on that note & portrays his struggle in a clear, concise & powerful way.
In all, the book is a fascinating read. I myself could not lay it down & enjoyed it thoroughly. Her third book, "She Loves You" will be released this November. For those of you who have yet to read the series, I recommend you do so. The series is well researched & exceptionally written!
"Shoulda Been There" and "Shivering Inside". A third book, "She Loves You" is in the works & set to be released this November. There are several more books planned in this monumental series. Jude Kessler also has a show called The John Lennon Hour on Pat Matthews' Beatlesarama on Sunday nights. Her website is The John Lennon Series
Please check out these recent posts:
May 22, 1963 The Beatles & Roy Orbison at The Gaumont Theatre
"Still With You" A Tribute To George Harrison
May 17, 1968 "Wonderwall" Premiere at Cannes
May 1970 "Let It Be"
Book Review -- "Shoulda Been There" by Jude Kessler
Junior Press Conference At The Warwick Hotel 8/22/1966