The two time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award on George Best, considered the greatest footballer of our time.
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. He lives in the Yorkshire Dales.
In putting together Immortal: The Approved Biography of George
Best, it must be said that author Duncan Hamilton has done little
to redefine the genre. Instead, he has done everything he can with
it as it is, he has pushed it, refined it, stretched it, lovingly
touched up every corner of it until it is almost as perfect as it
can be. In short, Hamilton has essentially won biography writing.
[…] what makes thisbook so wonderful, [is] the way that Hamilton
patiently sets the scene, apparently meandering indulgently through
the back stories of incidental characters, but actually drawing the
reader deep into the 1960s, imperceptibly marking out the
structures of sport, society and celebrity that the shockwave of
Best’s arrival obliterated.
[An]evocative account, though that should not come as a surprise. The former newspaperman has become one of sport’s foremost biographers and he is in excellent form here with this account of a footballer who was once his hero.
A marriage of prose and detail so fine and fastidious that it takes the breath away.
This compulsively readable book will not be the last written about Best, but it may prove to be the most illuminating.
*Independent on Sunday*
What Duncan Hamilton’s impressively researched, definitive new biography, published on the 50th anniversary of Best’s United debut, captures is the artistry of the little Ulsterman.