Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Give Me A Chance by Gail Renard

Title: Give Me A Chance

Author: Gail Renard

Published: Walker Books, 2010

Pages: 118

Summary: It's May 1969. As a sixteen-year-old, Gail Renard joined John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their week-long bed-in for peace in a hotel in Montreal, Canada. She looked after Yoko's five-year-old daughter, helped to find tambourines and joined in the first recording of "Give Peace a Chance" with Timothy Leary, the Smothers Brothers and various other celebs. John looked after her - sending her home every night to her mother who had spoken to him on the phone and insisted that there were to be no drugs or sex while her daughter was around. It was John's faith in Gail's ability which directly lead to her later success as a writer, and he helped her to secure her first paid submission - an interview with him for the "Beatles"' magazine.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Not being a Beatles fan I wasn't sure what to make of this book when I received in the mail as a surprise.  I decided that since it was a small book I'd give it a go and just read it.  I sat down and read it in one sitting, so it's a really fast read which is good.

Being non-fiction I was expecting it to be a heavy read but it was written quite simply so I read it more as a story than as a factual presentation, and to my surprise I actually enjoyed it.  I didn't completely love it but I thought it was actually a really fascinating book.

I learnt a lot about what John Lennon was like, I know almost nothing about John Lennon and Yoko Ono but I felt that I didn't have to enjoy Give Me A Chance at all.

The photos were all really interesting and they definitely kept me entertained while reading.

Overall, if you're a fan of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, or even if you're not but are into non-fiction about once in a lifetime events, then I think you'd enjoy Give Me A Chance.  It's not too bad at all.

Source: MacMillan Publishers for review

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of this one but I'm a very big John Lennon fan so I'm going to have to get this. Great Review!


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