Second Best.

By Calum Best

Printed: 2015

Publisher: Bantam Press. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 3 cm

Language: Loft 17

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Grey binding with gilt title on the spine.

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Calum Best should have had it all. As the only son of world-famous footballing legend George Best and his first wife Angie, a gorgeous English model, Calum was born into a world of privilege and opportunity.

But his father’s fame came at a price, and George’s playing career was soon overshadowed by his playboy lifestyle and an increasing dependence on the comforting embrace of alcohol. Whilst his tumultuous later years could never diminish the memories of the peerless, often breathtaking, quality of his football, they had a profound effect on Calum.

Growing up with his mother in California, Calum’s visits to see his father in England were all too rare, and he cherished every moment he could spend in the company of the man he adored. But as George’s alcoholism spiralled out of control, inebriation frequently led to violence and George’s self-destruction spilled over onto his son.

Vivid, deeply moving, brave and honest, Second Best is the heart-breaking story of their relationship. It is a powerful tale of love and suffering, of an absent father and his wayward son, and of a family torn apart by addiction.

Review: I was finally glad to hear Calums side of the story.I think he was very honest about his dad,you can’t write a book like this and just write all the good and leave out the bad.I cried throughout the book not just for calum but for george himself,living with an alcoholic is very hard on a young person as I have had experience of it myself.

Yes Calum might not have spent all his young life living under the same roof as his dad but he did try his best with him later on.People say he was priviledged yes he didn’t live in a poor household with constant abuse,but then that’s not the case with all alcoholic families,there’s functional ones.

He did praise his dad as an intelligent witty man and for his footballing ability which he had without the demon drink.I think its hard for some men to express their emotions especially if you come from a working class background in belfast, remember george watched his mother do the same thing.I was appalled at how georges close family treated calum after georges death,giving him things and then taking them back of him and ousting him from the family home.What did calum do so wrong?Where they worried he was going to be a reminder of his dad and that he might slip up so the ‘best problems’ would never escape the media spotlight,that’s another thing not everyone had to live under the media glare that calum did.We may never know what caused georges problems it could be genetic,it could have been the pressure of fame,plain addiction but i do believe he loved his son and vice versa.

I wish calum all the luck in the world,you can have good looks,stand out in a crowd but no one can ever take the place of your dad nor should any son or daughter ever have to witness this dreadful addiction and its consequences and the horrific death that follows. It’s very sad at such a young age and i would love to know how georges immediate family think they’re any better.I think phil hughes should have got more thanks too its a very sad touching story and i’m glad he is donating some of the proceeds to families who are suffering the same fate as him.


                                                                    Calum Best in 2010

Calum Milan Best (born February 6, 1981) is a British-American television personality. He is the only child of footballer George Best, son of the late British football legend George Best and his first wife, Angie Best, an English model. After a childhood lived in the spotlight and a successful spell as a model, Calum appeared in a number of reality television shows. After his father’s death, he turned to drugs and alcohol – a period of his life which lasted several years and which he now speaks openly about in order to raise awareness and provide support for others. He is an actor, model and entrepreneur, and is involved in several charities including NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics), Action on Addiction and the Elton John Aids Foundation. He lives in London.

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