Whilst I loved this book and found it fascinating, it is not without it's drawbacks. I read Philip Norman's biography of John Lennon a few years back and this makes a great companion to that volume. I think Norman, delves fairly into the McCartney story to reveal an incredibly creative individual who has made an enormous impact on the music world over the past sixty years. In some ways I prefer the Lennon biography but that is probably more to do with the fact that Lennon was a more complicated individual. Three things I didn't like about this book. Firstly the inordinate amount of time spent at the beginning where the author attempted to justify why he could write this biography. Clearly he felt he had to overcome perceptions of his past antipathy (real or imagined) towards McCartney. Who cares? Put that in a footnote somewhere, the interest in the volume is McCartney, not the author. Secondly, the whole Heather Mills section of the book really becomes a Heather Mills biography rather than about McCartney. I thought the author got a bit off track there. And my final criticism would be the same of almost all such Rock Musician biographies. McCartney's claim to fame is as an incredible musician and song-writer, yet this is really a book about the person. As a muso myself I would be much more interested in greater attention and analysis given to the musical output that McCartney has given us rather than his relationship sagas. But that is the world we live in, and I can accept that having a greater appreciation of the person, increases our appreciation of the music too. All in all, well worth the read.