Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - BY PHILIP NOR­MAN, HA­CHETTE.

Apart from his im­pris­on­ment in Tokyo’s Ko­suge Prison for a week in 1980, after be­ing stopped at Narita In­ter­na­tional Air­port with mar­i­juana, Paul and Linda McCartney had never spent a night apart. This fol­low-up to Nor­man’s 1981 Shout! The Bea­tles in their Gen­er­a­tion bio had the “tacit ap­proval” of Sir Paul. While dig­ging into his trou­bled part­ner­ship with Len­non, the book is at its most bare doc­u­ment­ing the first in­side story of 25 years of mar­riage to Linda. The wife who took him a sim­ple cheese sand­wich when fi­nally al­lowed to visit him in cap­tiv­ity was liked by his en­tourage from the be­gin­ning. “She was lovely,” said Paul’s child­hood friend, Tony Bramwell. When Linda was di­ag­nosed with a ma­lig­nant breast tu­mour in De­cem­ber 1995, it brought back the mis­ery of a 1950s’ hospi­tal ward. McCartney’s beloved mother, Mary, had died of breast can­cer at just 47.

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