Love Her Madly


A riveting memoir that works its magic like a slow-acting drug, revealing the story of Jim Morrison’s first love, a long-lost friendship, and the man who existed before the Doors.

In the spring of 1965, Bill Cosgrave was smuggled across the border into the United States after receiving an irresistible invitation from his captivating friend Mary Werbelow. When he made it to her apartment in Los Angeles, Mary introduced Bill to her boyfriend, Jim Morrison. The two young men quickly bonded.

When Jim and Mary’s relationship faltered, Jim headed for Venice beach with his notebook. Bill and Jim spent endless days together, enjoying the aimlessness of their youth and the freedom of the times, fuelled by Jim's unlimited supply of dope.

Jim’s writing would morph into iconic hit songs, rocketing him to international fame as the hypnotic lead singer of the Doors. Beautiful Mary would set off on her own journey. After years of futile searching, Bill finally tracks down the woman he had secretly loved. He’s dying to know where her life has taken her and stunned by what he discovers.


Throbbing with life... Love Her Madly is a memoir that’s filled with adventure, love, and loss, distilling the hopes and dreams of a generation.

Foreword Reviews (starred review)

For die-hard Morrison acolytes

Kirkus Reviews

The words of a confident writer, someone who’s lived through the eye of a hazy hurricane and emerged buffeted and battled, but better for the journey.

Ormsby Review

Engagingly written, Love her Madly is one of those books you feel compelled to devour in one sitting.

Riviera Buzz

It’s an intimate, funny and ultimately heartbreaking book.

Gonzo Today

About the Author

Bill Cosgrave

Posted by Kendra on September 17, 2019
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Bill Cosgrave

Bill Cosgrave was born in Toronto. After his vagabond days in Los Angeles, he settled down and co-founded a national travel company which he named, appropriately, Fun Seekers. He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.