At the start of the nineteen sixties, the city of LIVERPOOL was still struggling to cope with the fallout from the war.
For TONY and his teenage friends life was boring and dull.
Then THE BEATLES and BILL SHANKLY came along … and everything went completely crazy.
‘Blame It On The Beatles … And Bill Shankly’ tells you what it was like to be a teenager in Liverpool during the sixties. In 1960 The Beatles were just one of over three hundred local bands. Then they went off to Germany to play at a small club in the red-light district of Hamburg – and returned home a couple of months later completely transformed.
At around the same time a Scotsman called Bill Shankly was making big changes at Liverpool Football Club, one of the two major, local soccer teams, who were very much in the shadow of the other, much more successful, club called Everton. His task was to turn them into winners.
On Merseyside a group of teenagers are living what they think of as unremarkable and ordinary lives. Then they start to realise that The Beatles are changing everything. That their home city is suddenly becoming somewhere quite extraordinary.
Liverpool is the centre of the teenage universe as four local lads, John, Paul, George and Ringo, achieve fame across the world.
First editions of the book, signed by the author, are currently being shipped worldwide – tracked and signed for. Personal dedications can also be added if required – for details contact author. Limited availability – while stocks last.
As a couple of readers have recently said:
‘Simply a great book. Even though I’m living in Denmark I feel as though I was there in Liverpool.’
‘Just finished reading your amazing book. Felt like I was back in the 60’s with Tony and the rest of the group.’
If you want to know what it was really like to be in Liverpool, in the sixties, this is the book you have to read.
D.A. (Seattle) –
‘A wonderful read’
This book is a wonderful read for anyone who was a teenager in America in the 1960’s and can remember the first time they heard ‘She Loves You’. The city of Liverpool features in the story, and as an American who has never been there I was able to immerse myself in the travels of Tony, the fictional main character, to The Cavern, The Kop, Lennon’s Art School, Penny Lane, and the coffee and record shops in the city centre. D.A. (Seattle – USA)
JK (Miami) –
‘I am completely enthralled with this book’
Having loved The Beatles’ music, played soccer for ten years, and visited Liverpool several times, I am completely enthralled with this book. Winter very effectively takes fictional characters and weaves them into a story that illuminates the history of Liverpool in the tumultuous 60’s. I could feel the vibrations of The Beatles’ music and the excitement of the crowd at the Cavern Club. I highly recommend ‘Blame It On The Beatles … And Bill Shankly’. J.K. (Miami – USA)
R.J. (Bristol UK) –
‘An excellent read … a real page turner’
This made an excellent read for me and proved to be a real page turner. I moved to the West Country 45 years ago having spent my formative years in Liverpool. I enjoyed the story John Winter has woven against the factual backdrop of the time. It transported me right back to the 60’s. I was there and I can vouch for the authenticity. R.J. (Bristol – UK)
K.K.D. (Pennsylvania) –
‘A coming-of-age tale that describes the impact events had upon a whole generation’
I have just been transported back in time and place by the book ‘Blame It On The Beatles… And Bill Shankly”. In 1964 I was one of those screaming teens who couldn’t get enough of the four moppets from Liverpool and only imagined what life was like in the city which spawned The Beatles and the musical groups who followed. From an adult perspective I now have an appreciation of how music and sport drastically changed a city, and the impact these events had upon a whole generation.
K.K.D. (Pennsylvania – USA)