When you talk about George Best you are referring to a real myth, the greatest Northern Irish footballer ever. A legend, for his people and beyond, so much so that he is considered the fifth Beatle. 75 years after the birth of the champion, an original biography tells the man who goes beyond the myth, and on this occasion analyzes the society of the time, from the birth of the counterculture of the sixties to the glittering and chaotic eighties.
Belfast Boy: An Unpublished Story by George Best, the book of Stefano Friani for Milieu Editions, explores the human, historical and social horizon that has made the Golden Ball a timeless icon. A journey that takes us to learn more about a flat figure of contradictions like that of Best, from a shy teenager and a promising young footballer to a man on the cover of the glossy magazines of the time. The book does not neglect to analyze the lights and shadows of the myth of Best, constantly poised between genius and recklessness.
As the subtitle of the work says, it is an unpublished story, in the sense that the story of the sample’s life is almost a pretext for something broader, namely the story of society, of those years and of the profound transformations that took place. between the Sixties and the Eighties, in the various cities where Best brought his boundless talent as Best. Northern Ireland after the war and the Troubles, bombs and death threats complete with a sniper at the stadium, but also the godsend in Marbella in costume and flip-flops, the United States where soccer is baptized between a glass and the other, the astronomical figures and the prison, the night clubs and the bets, the blows taken and those returned, the gloom of Edinburgh and the London years.
The author of Belfast Boy: an unpublished story by George Best is Stefano Friani, who founded Racconti edizioni in 2016 with Emanuele Giammarco. He has written books on il manifesto, il Foglio, Avanti !, Altri Animali, minima & moralia. He translated the stories of Philip Ó Ceallaigh and John McGahern into Italian. Belfast Boy is his first book.