Hunter Davies returns to his roots for Carlisle book signing

Hunter Davies will be signing copies of his book in Carlisle next month.
Hunter Davies will be signing copies of his book in Carlisle next month.

One of Cumbria's most famous authors will visit Carlisle to sign copies of his latest book.

Hunter Davies, who wrote the only authorised biography of the Beatles, has now published his memories of growing up in the city, entitled The Co-op's got Bananas.

Mr Davies, who moved to Carlisle with his family when he was 11, attended the Creighton School before joining the sixth form at Carlisle Grammar School.

He was then awarded a place at University College, Durham to read for an honours degree in history but switched to a general arts course after his first year of study.

In 1965 he wrote the novel Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, which was made into a film of the same name.

A football fan - and supporter of Queen of the South, Carlisle United and Tottenham Hotspur - he wrote a behind-the-scenes portrait of the latter entitled The Glory Game, in 1972.

He has also written has also written a biography on fell walker Alfred Wainwright in addition to many others about the topography and history of the Lake District.

It was during a meeting with Paul McCartney about the possibility of writing a theme song for the film that the idea of a Beatles biography was first mentioned.

He was married to the author Margaret Forster from 1960 until her death in 2016, and has spoken about having to come to terms with her passing.

The Co-op's Got Bananas looks at how families struggled to make ends meet during the periods of rationing, which lasted through the Second World War into the 1950s, but also managed to enjoy life.

Mr Davies will visit the Bookends book shop on Castle Street on Wednesday, May 3 at 10am.

The event is free to attend and open to all members of the public.

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