November 8th, 2013
No other imposed himself so completely onto the romantic imagination. No other was so emblematic of the era during which he flourished. And no other will ever be as memorable as George Best.
On the field, Best’s skills were sublime and almost other-worldly. Off it, he had a magnetic appeal. He was treated like a pop icon and a pin up; a fashion model and a sex symbol. Every man envied him and every woman adored him.
With approval from Barbara Best, and to mark the 50th anniversary of his debut for Manchester United, Duncan Hamilton examines Best’s crowded life and premature death. But most importantly, Hamilton presents Best at his glorious peak – the precocious goals, the labyrinthine runs, the poise and balletic balance, and the body swerves.
This is George Best: footballing immortal.
Duncan Hamilton is the author of Provided You Don’t Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for 2007. In 2009 he was awarded the William Hill again for Harold Larwood, as well as winning the prestigious Wisden Book of the Year for 2009 and Biography of the Year at the 2010 British Sports Book Awards.
Extract from IMMORTAL