Philip Norman was born in 1943 and was brought up on the Isle of Wight, where his father operated the Amusement Arcade and Skating Rink at the end of Ryde Pier. He has written widely about music for the Sunday Times and the Times. He is the author of SHOUT! The True Story of the Beatles, The Skater’s Waltz and The Road Goes on Forever. In 1983, he was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. His most recent book is John Lennon: The Life (2008).