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Frank Sinatra never went away — but did he ever grow up?

Six books published to mark Sinatra’s centenary agree that he was a legend — but wasn’t that desire, passion, despair and heartache always a bit adolescent?

7 November 2015

9:00 AM

7 November 2015

9:00 AM

‘He never went away. All those other things that we thought were here to stay, they did go away. But he never did.’ Who was Bob Dylan talking about earlier this year? Woody Guthrie? Elvis Presley? Or maybe, halfway through the sixth decade of his own career, himself? But no.

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Frank and Ava: In Love and War by John Brady (St Martin’s Press, $26.99, pp. 304, ISBN: 9781250070913)

Sinatra edited by Amanda Erlinger and Robert Morgan (ACC Editions, £1,000, pp. 400, ISBN 9781851498031)

Sinatra 100 by Charles Pignone (Thames & Hudson, £40, pp. 288, ISBN 9780500517826)

Sinatra: The Chairman by James Kaplan (Sphere, £30, pp. 980, ISBN 978187445285)

Sinatra: Behind the Legend by J. Randy Taraborelli (Sidgwick, £20, pp. 588, ISBN 9780283072062)

Frank Sinatra: An Extraordinary Life by Spencer Leigh (McNidder & Grace, £15, pp. 350, ISBN 9780857160867)
. Christopher Bray has written biographies of Michael Caine and Sean Connery.

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