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When George Came to Edinburgh
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on 19 May 2015
I came to this book, first and foremost, as a footie fan who was nowhere near old enough to remember George Best playing the beautiful game in his pomp and prime. I've watched VHS videos and, latterly, dvds which leave me in no doubt as to the amazing and talented player that he truly was. Is there anyone out there with a love for soccer who hasn't heard of George Best? Probably not. His personal and professional life have been well documented in other books. We know the oft told tale of the flawed genius. Was there ever a genius who wasn't flawed? John Neil Munro, for it his he, has chosen to tell a story that hasn't really been told before - at least not in book form and not in such admirable detail. It's the incredible and bizarre account of Best's one year, on-off, love-hate romance with Hibernian Football Club. Gathered together in this riveting read are the insightful recollections of Angie Best (his widow), his team-mates and cooleagues, his opponents, sports journalists and, of course, the Hibs fans. It is generously illustrated throughout with photographs, taken at that time, of Best, on and off the pitch. It is a story told with a good eye for facts, but John Neil Munro has brought compassion and humour to the table too. This book is a fresh, new treatment on one aspect of George Best's remarkable, but ultimately tragic, life. A must.
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on 18 August 2014
Untold story of Bestie in Scotland. Sad to know a legend was trying his best but the alcoholism and boredom kicked in. As soon as the boredom kicked in, Edinburgh wasn't a big enough place to hide or be hidden. A story of a chairman whose heart and money was in the right place, tried to get Hibs at the top table. Circumstance let him down.
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on 13 June 2018
Interesting book about George's time with Hibs. As a Hibs supporter found it fascinating.
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on 24 February 2014
I devour everything about Bestie having been introduced to him by my cousin back in the sixties and it was interesting to read about his time (or not) in Edinburgh.
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on 26 October 2014
As a colleague of the late Stewart Brown, ex Hibs reporter at Edin Eve News, not sure the background to the signing squares with what I witnessed from virtually across a sports desk. Nevertheless, a good subject told pretty well.
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on 10 November 2014
I,M AFRAID I NEVER SAW GEORGE ON THE PITCH, MUCH TO MY CHAGRIN. I KNOW NOW THAT I MISSED A SPECIAL TALENT.
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on 20 January 2011
This is a necessary addition to the Best canon, dealing with a period of George`s life usually glossed over. The author has done a fine job tracking down those who were on the scene at the time. There is a very good section at the end which features testimonies from lots of relevant people. John Neil Munro does not flinch from laying the blame for George`s failures at anybody else`s door and is very honest with regard to the attendance figures at the end of Best`s sojourn. I am old enough to remember Best at Hibs, his rocket shot against Celtic, his altercation with Aberdeen captain Willie Miller and his failures to turn up. This book captures it all.
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on 19 May 2015
I came to this book, first and foremost, as a footie fan who was nowhere near old enough to remember George Best playing the beautiful game in his pomp and prime. I've watched VHS videos and, latterly, dvds that leave me in no doubt as to the amazing and talented player he truly was. Is there anyone out there with a love for soccer who hasn't heard of George Best? Probably not. His personal and professional life have been well documented in other books. We know the oft told tale of the flawed genius. Was there ever a genius who wasn't flawed? John Neil Munro, for it his he, has chosen to tell a story that hasn't really been told before - at least not in book form and not in such admirable detail. It's the incredible, and somewhat bizarre, account of Best's one year, on-off, love-hate romance with Hibernian Football Club. Gathered together in this riveting read are the insightful recollections of Angie Best (his widow), his team-mates and colleagues, his opponents, sports jornalists and, of course, the Hibs fans. It is generously illustrated throughout with photographs, taken at that time, of Best (on and off the pitch). It is a story told with a good eye for detail, but John Neil Munro brings compassion and humour to the table too. This book is a fresh, new treatment on one aspect of George Best's remarkable, but ultimately tragic, life. A must.
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on 20 October 2010
There must have been more column inches written about George Best than any other sportsman past or present.This though is the only book ever written about the Irishman's brief though fascinating career at Hiberian.To read the book is like winding back the clock to a football time which is very different from today. For those who can recall the hullabaloo caused when George signed for the Hibees, this is a wonderful return down memory lane. Many others will know little about Bestie's short spell at Easter Road. Whichever bracket you are in this book is a riveting read.

This publication has been extremely well researched and has been written with a lot of thought and is well balanced as a result.John Neil Munro has done a superb job tracking down many people who recall George's time in Edinburgh and their personal accounts make for fascinating reading. The narrative is nicely supported by lots of photographs and details of all George's appearances at Hiberian are included.

Whether you are a Hibs fan, a George Best fan or a football fan in general this book is a highly recommended page turner.
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on 7 October 2014
This is an absolutely tremendous read from beginning to end. It is very well written with lots of dry wit and great anecdotes. If you are a Hibee or even just from Edinburgh or a fan of Scottish football, you will love this excellent, compelling book.
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