What if The Beatles Stayed Together?

Novel by Bryce Zabel


Sidewise Award for Alternate History

What if They Worked It Out?

Imagine Another Reality

Imagine another reality -- it's easy if you try. What if John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey had taken a sad song and made it better, continuing to play as The Beatles? 

Once There Was a Way: What if The Beatles Stayed Together?

From Diversion Books, and Stellar Productions, this is a compelling and surprising account of what might actually have happened. It's written as a Rolling Stone-style piece of rock journalism by award-winning Hollywood writer/producer Bryce Zabel. Bryce has created five hour drama series, served as CEO of the TV Academy, taught screenwriting at USC and been an on-air CNN correspondent. 

Once There Was a Way just WON the Sidewise Award for Alternate History!  Facing tough competition, the book took first place among a panel of six judges, announced at sci-fi's Worldcon!

Once There Was a Way is about another world, the one where the Beatles worked it out instead of let it be.


Taking a Sad Song and Making It Better


What if The Beatles Stayed Together?

Even now, when most fans hear a solo song from one of the ex-Beatles, there's a wince of regret. What if?

This novel brings The Beatles back to vibrant life as grown men entering their thirties, brothers who decide to fight a little harder to keep the band they built and the company they'd just started.

The book's cast of characters includes Hunter Thompson, Steve Jobs, Johnny Carson, Muhammad Ali, Richard Nixon, Teddy Kennedy, Linda Ronstadt, Bernardine Dohrn, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord Beeching, Ken Kesey, J. Edgar Hoover, and Stanley Kubrick. And, of course, John, Paul, George and Ringo, plus their hugely significant others; Linda, Yoko, Pattie and Maureen.

The story will surprise you. What else would you expect in a book about new Beatles adventures?


2020's A Big Year for Beatles Fans

It's the 50th anniversary of the break-up of the Beatles. The highly-anticipated Peter Jackson documentary, "The Beatles: Get Back," will be released on September 4th.

That doc will raise the question about What If The Beatles Stayed Together? Our book has the answer in a history that's completely rewritten in Once There Was a Way.

Now available as a paperback, ebook and audiobook!

The audiobook has been produced by, and is  narrated by the award-winning Gerard Doyle who also does all the voices, including a very fun interpretation of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

For the Beatles fan who has everything.

"Every Fan's Fantasy"


Chris Carter is the host of "Breakfast with the Beatles" on Sirius/XM Radio.

“We know The Beatles let it be, but what if they worked it out instead? Once There Was a Way gives life to every fan’s fantasy. Bryce Zabel has created a great adventure full of twists and turns that never were, but might have been."

Three Ways to Experience the Story





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Read by award-winning narrator Gerard Doyle doing authentic voices for the Beatles and the other characters. Get it here.

From the Breakpoint Series


Award Winning

Once There Was a Way just WON the Sidewise Award for Alternate History! The first BREAKPOINT novel -- Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas? — actually aslo WON the Sidewise Award, an award previously won by Michael Chabon, Philip Roth and Harry Turtledove. 

Bryce Zabel, chairman ceo of the Television Academy

About the Author

Bryce Zabel is a Hollywood writer/producer who's created five primetime TV series, written produced feature films, worked as a CNN correspondent, and served as the CEO of the Television Academy that gives out the Emmys. He's a winner himself of the Writers Guild screenwriting award for his miniseries work.



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