The Beatle who brought some celebrity sparkle to the classified pages

Even by the standards of the classified columns, the advert which featured in the Liverpool Echo recently stood out.

“Grandude and his four chillers are looking for their nandude. Nandude has traversed the thickest jungles and sailed the deepest oceans, always to return with tales, always to return with stories to tell. But she’s been gone far longer than we expected.

“Grandude needs you help! Nandude loves playing her accordian. If you listen out, you might hear her before you see her. Have YOU seen Nandude,” asked the ad, tucked away in the classifieds section of the Echo last month.

It turned out the advert had a rather famous author — Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney.

Grandude and Nandude are characters in his new children’s picture book Grandude’s Green Submarine, which was released this month — reported Mirror Online.

It’s not the first time Sir Paul has turned to the printed page to promote his work.

In 1977, he used the pseudonym Percy ‘Thrills’ Thrillington for his album of the same name and took out similarly cryptic ads in a variety of British newspapers.

Grandude’s Green Submarine is the second of his Hey Grandude! books. The first was released in 2019 topping both the UK and US children’s book charts as well as being translated into 33 languages.

The new book sees Paul’s Grandude character on another magical mystery tour with his grandchildren as they search for Nandude.

Sir Paul said: “I always said if people liked the first book and there was an appetite for more I would write some further adventures for Grandude — so he’s back and this time with his special invention, Grandude’s green submarine.”

Sir Paul previously said how the book — of which the title is a nod to the Beatles’ Hey Jude — came from the nickname given to him by his grandchildren.

He said: “One of my grandkids — who used to call me ‘Grandad’ — just happened one day to say ‘Grandude’ and it kind of stuck, so the other kids started calling me ‘Grandude’.”

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The stories behind the stories, from the regional press in the UK

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