Little Brown UK, is reporting a September 1, 2012 date for volume 1 of Mark Lewisohn's "definitive" Beatles biography. However, Mitchell Axelrod of the Fab Fourum has been in touch with the author and was been told that the book is indeed finished, but that it will not see the light of day this year. The likely publishing date is now predicted to be in the autumn next year, 2013.
Lewisohn wrote to Axelrod that "This is a very long time after the originally announced date (2008) but it took far longer to research and write than I could have anticipated. The whole ethos of the project is ‘do the job properly’, and that’s just what I’ve been doing. I’m very pleased with how it’s all turned out. It’s a big piece of work."
Lewisohn has already written several essential books about the band including “The Beatles Live,” “The Beatles: Recording Sessions,” “The Complete Beatles Chronicle” and “The Beatles' London”. He has also been employed as a researcher by Apple/The Beatles and by Paul McCartney. No word as to when volume 2 and 3 of the forthcoming trilogy may be expected.