Saturday, May 21, 2011

John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe

I found out about: John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe as one of the happy results of my blogging experiences over at my poetry blog: My Poetic Path.
As anyone who blogs knows, one of the best perks of the whole blogging experience is meeting via cyberspace many interesting people we probably never would have otherwise. William Hammett the author of this book is a very talented and prolific writer, blogger and poet who I was fortunate to meet via the blog-o-sphere. When John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe was published, I was very eager to read it.

Billy Hammett did not disappoint!

Not only is this a fun read and a real page-turner; it also has a deep and compelling message for the reader to contemplate, throughout. John Lennon spoke for and to a generation: “give peace a chance”, “imagine”, “strange days indeed” .

William Hammett has captured Lennon’s charisma and character so well in this inspiring, entertaining and well-written book. The story takes the reader on a journey that has many a twist and turn along the way and is indeed, magical and mysterious.

From the Amazon product page:

John Winston Lennon was shot outside the Dakota Building on December 8, 1980. In November of 2006, he finds himself standing in Grand Central Station, unaware that he was assassinated. Is he a ghost? Perhaps not. On her way home from work, ad exec Amy Parisi sees the former Beatle sitting alone in the Mercy Street Café in Greenwich Village. There's only one problem: there's no Mercy Street in the Village, and Amy is the only one who can see the café. In the weeks that follow, Amy and Lennon take one of the most incredible road trips in rock and roll history, one far stranger than any acid-induced hallucination from the sixties.
John Lennon and the Mercy Street Café is the story of a man, the voice of an entire generation, who must face the inner demons that plagued both his childhood and his years as the most recognizable figure in popular music. As he does so, he is given the opportunity to leave his indelible mark on the world one last time, showing how hope and the power of music can indeed give peace to a chaotic world.
If you are one of the millions who has been captivated by a man who was both clown and political activist, then step into the Mercy Street Café and meet the legend from Liverpool. But pack your bags for a magical mystery tour that leaves the rational, Newtonian world behind. You are about to enter the world of John Lennon.

This is a novel that will appeal to anyone who enjoys a great read, Lennon fan or not. A book you will truly savor and also want to share. I won't spoil the plot for you. Suffice to say, there is a depth and richness to this book that goes far beyond the cachet of all things Lennon.
Overall rating for this book: Excellent. 5 out of 5.


  1. I really enjoyed this book. It is not only a great novel but it has quite a bit of factual info as well. If you like the Beatles and John Lennon (or not) you will enjoy it.

  2. Thank you, Geraldine, for such glowing words. They are much appreciated!


  3. Hi Joe, I'm planning to re-read this book this summer, it's definitely a keeper! I remember you saying at the time you were reading it, how much you enjoyed this story.

    Hi Billy, All well deserved Billy. I hope you have a new novel published soon. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    Cheers, G

  4. Ger,
    This sound like a good read, and I am putting it right on my to read list. I always have been a Beatle, and John Lennon fan, and I also love a good story.


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