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The book, estimated at £4000-6000, sold at music memorabilia specialist Omega Auctions on March 26.

It includes English essays written by a young JP McCartney in c1959 while in Alan ‘Dusty’ Durband’s class at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys. The book contains 22 pages of essays on books including Thomas Hardy’s Return of The Native and John Milton's Paradise Lost. There are also four pages of notes on essays at the back along with notes and a doodle of a man smoking on the reverse.

The Merseyside auction house noted that in Mark Lewisohn's book The Beatles: Tune In he writes: “Paul was… now deep into his Dusty Durband-inspired literary phase. ‘I did most of my reading in (that) little period of my life… I thought it was a bit swotty, a good image… I felt like I was at university’.”

McCartney book

A page from Sir Paul McCartney’s English school book.