Beatles and Beacons

Beatles and Beacons

By Fran Raya

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 28 Jan 2024



Categories: Historical

ISBN: 9781916668058


Once upon another time, about a million songs ago, there lived a musical group on a teenager’s bedroom wall. These persons raided her queendom on an ordinary October day, through her dad’s Bakelite wireless. The song they sang was a tuneful newness and she helped it touch number seventeen in a memorable chart of yesterday, specifically 1962.

Take a trip across the 1960s through the eyes and mind of Rebecca Beacon, who is twelve years old when she becomes aware of The Beatles, at the very beginning of their ascendancy. Her teenage years are exciting but also saturated with angst and harsh realities, made bearable by her icons as she finds her own musical identity.

This semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age story will strike a nostalgic chord for fans of the same generation, but also for the many admirers of the band, who are too young to have witnessed Beatlemania in full flow.


Fran Raya lives in Manchester. Her career has predominantly been in music and she has performed throughout Europe – notably as the support act for Eric Clapton on his Scandinavian tours in the 1980s. Her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and as a result was awarded her own book, Thoughts of the Poet. She has also had a series of supernatural thrillers published with The Book Guild.


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