Beatles book set to be a big hit

Mick Manning and Brita Granstr�m have published a new book.
Mick Manning and Brita Granstr�m have published a new book.

A new book by Mick Manning and Brita Granström already looks like being another hit.

Orders from all over the UK have been made for the book about pop band The Beatles, which is being published by Frances Lincoln Publishers.

The couple, who have been collaborating on books for 20 years, were last week in Liverpool to promote The Beatles, their latest work.

“Librarians, book buyers and teachers all seemed excited by it and they said it will be invaluable with studies of the 1960s which is part of Key Stage 2,” said Mick.

“It is also being seen as a good book for independent readers of 8 – 12, as well as older children who are classed as reluctant readers and, of course, Beatle fans of all ages.”

The book took Mick and Brita two years to research.

“We even had to explain to children things adults might take for granted such as record players, singles, ‘A’ sides and ‘B’ sides,” said Mick.

“It was a pre-digital, pre-CD and pre-cassette tape age but the Beatles and the bands they opened the doors for, revolutionised our world through youth culture and music.”

Previous successes by the duo include Tail End Charlie, a picture book about Mick’s father’s Second World War experiences as an RAF air gunner and originally written for their own four children. It was televised on the Blue Peter Book Awards 2010.

The couple were recently nominated for the biggest children’s literary award in the world, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

They are the only non-fiction authors on the list of British nominees which includes celebrated authors like Quentin Blake and David Almond.

This year is the second time that the duo have been nominated but last year they were so much in shock at being on the list that they hardly told anyone about the honour.

A £500,000 cheque is awarded to the winner but Mick says there is “no way” they will win.

The ALMA winner will be announced on March 25.