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Author of the First and Only Researched, Documented Novel on the Life of John Lennon...Shoulda Been There!!

Background Information

A lifelong Beatle fan with a Master's in English from the University of Maryland, and years of experience teaching writing, I have recently completed the first documented biography of John Lennon, a meticulously factual account housed in a fiction format. I spent 20 years researching the novel, traveling 7 times to Liverpool and interviewing most of John's friends, early band members, and college mates. Entitled Shoulda Been There, the novel has a foreword by distinguished Beatle expert, Bill Harry. It also gives the reader a Scouse glossary of Liverpool terms and an encyclopedia of the real characters in the book. Shoulda Been There is available ONLY through

Birth Place
Alexandria, LA 

Graduated 1st in class with 4.0 average; wrote for "Louisiana Life" magazine; served as guest speaker for Daughters of the British Empire State Convention in 2003, spoke on The Beatles; wrote for Kansas City Beatlefan Magazine; lectured to schools and organizations across the United States on The Beatles; lectured for from 2002-2005; taught English literature and composition at Troy State University, Alabama

Additional Information

I am currently speaking all over the United States, promoting my new book about John Lennon, Shoulda Been There. I talk about the interesting people I met during my years of travel and investigation; I read (and enact) a chapter from the book and answer questions about The Beatles. There is no fee for expenses only. Please contact me at 334-655-1202 if you have a Beatles' group interested in a guest speaker.

Contact Information

6 Danmor Place 
Dothan AL 36303   USA
Contact Author: Jude Southerland Kessler
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Shoulda been there
This site will let readers sample a chapter from Shoulda Been There, hear stories from my travels to Liverpool, send e-mail to me, and order the book. There's even a great trivia contest! Hope to see you there!

Author's editorial on Beatles website
This excellent Beatles website by Bill Harry is featuring an article on my book, Shoulda been there. To view the article, click on "editorials" and then on "Rock Books."

Shivering Inside
Shivering Inside is the second novel in my John Lennon Trilogy. It will take John through the "Beatle Years," from December of 1961 to 1969. I am returning to Liverpool in five weeks to continue my research for this novel. It will be published in October 2009.

Other Websites Carrying Articles on Shoulda been there
Dave Haber of has an article on Shoulda been there and a link to reviews. Additionally, is carrying a link to other book reviews.

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