Blame It On The Beatles And Bill Shankly will be published as a paperback at the end of September 2018. It is already available as an e-book.
The book contains lyrics of some unpublished songs from the nineteen sixties, and by visiting the website you can listen to 'demo' recordings of those songs.
The website also has photographs of various locations in and around Liverpool which feature in the story.
Here are some comments on the book just received from a reader in USA - July 2018
'Blame It On The Beatles' 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 immersed 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.
The author, John Winter, writes with great empathy about Liverpool's bomb sites and post-war deprivations while revealing how the younger generation brought joy to their lives through the sexual energy of their music and the ascendancy of Liverpool Football Club.
Tony endures personal tragedy against this life-affirming background. His story parallels the events of the 1960's and, by the end of the book, he has grown up - as we all have to. His eventual happiness provides an uplifting ending.
Diane Adam (Seattle, Washington State)
This is a really pleasant nostalgia trip, filled with real-life incidents of the rise of the Betles and Liverpool football club. The fictional story is a little weak and not particularly exciting, but it forms a framework on which to hang a factually accurate account of the exciting times that were the early 1960s, which the author actually experienced. My husband is from Liverpool and was a young teenager at that time also, so it felt very real to me. Thanks, I enjoyed it!
by Annette Forrest (via NetGalley)
I enjoyed this read as a fan of The Beatles, I only knew a little about Liverpool before reading. Good read.
by A D (via NetGalley)
I really enjoyed reading this. I live relatively close to Liverpool so it was good to read about various areas from a bygone era. Quite enjoyed the fiction interlaced with it too.
by Kayleigh Sanders
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 60s as I was there & can vouch for the authenticity. Indeed, I can identify in parts both with Sarah & Fiona!
by Rhona Jellicoe
John Winter was born in Liverpool. While a student at Liverpool University in the nineteen sixties he wrote pop songs, several of which were published and recorded by people as varied as 'Diddy' David Hamilton, the BBC Disc Jockey, and Faith Brown, the well-known actress, singer, comedian and impressionist, when she was a member of a vocal group called The Carrolls. As a result of this song-writing he got to know some of the musicians and poets who were making the city famous across the world. These experiences provide the background to what is otherwise a work of fiction.
He has previously published (2014) 'Aiming High - Overland to The Himalayas 1971', a book which describes his experiences as medical officer on an expedition to the unclimbed West Ridge of Indrasan, a mountain over twenty thousand feet in height which some experts say is more difficult than Everest. He and the team travelled overland to India along what became known as 'The Hippie Trail', a journey which would now be almost impossible to complete because of the dangers which travellers would face in countries such as Afghanistan. As well as indicating how different things were in 1971, the book also describes a personal journey. Before joining the expedition he had no experience at all of mountaineering. He had not even climbed to the top of Snowdon. It is a tale of high-altitude mountaineering as seen through the eyes of a non-climber. It describes the medical problems and physical dangers which have to be overcome by those who choose to climb the world's highest mountains.
John Winter can be contacted by e-mail on 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.