The Beatles by Mick Manning

The Beatles

Written by Mick Manning
Illustrated by Brita Granstrom

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January 2014 Book of the Month The most famous band in history is brought to life in this illustrated history of their life and times. The stories of the ‘fab four’ as schoolboys from the years before they met through how they got together and set up their band to dealing with fame, fortune and millions and millions of screaming fans are told in words and pictures evoking the mood of the time – albeit making it look a very long time ago indeed! Full of facts and fun to browse this also captures the mood of the time and exceptional impact The Beatles made on teenage life.


The Beatles by Mick Manning

Mick and Brita tell the story of the Beatles in the vivid and exciting way which has become the hall mark of their books. The story begins...John Lennon's Liverpool childhood with Auntie Mimi, and his school band The Quarrymen; the friendships with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, and their entry into the band; renaming the band The Beatles; the arrival of Brian Epstein as manager; the tour to Hamburg; record label boss George Martin becomes an important influence; Ringo Starr joins the group; fame and screaming fans; the famous tour to the USA; the making of the albums, key hit songs and films; the later years, with the influence of Indian spirituality after their visit to India, and finally the break-up of the band and the beginning of solo careers for the Fab Four.


'words and illustrations ... have been cleverly combined to bring the story of the Fab Four to life in a way that is both accessible and appealing to children.'

-11 'The book's strength lies in its delightful graphics. The illustrations are lovely and beautifully matched in style to fit the story...the pages burst out into psychedelic colours.

'Charming... an unusual, yet fun, way of teaching a major part of Britain's cultural history.'

'Outlined consistently well and with anecdotal incidents that have been thoroughly researched and carefully selected. The illustrations are, as ever, brilliant in a combination of visual quality and information enrichment.'

About the Author

Mick Manning

Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granstrom. Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards and Greek Hero won in 2008. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Hero to Seven Stories, the centre for children's books.

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

2nd January 2014




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