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By the mid-fifties, Manchester United had caught the imagination of the country. Duncan Edwards played his first game for the club at the age of 15 in 1953. Two years later he won his first England cap and was referred to as 'the spirit of British football'. Then in February '58 came Munich. Half a decade later George Best represented United reborn: 'El Beatle' of the European Cup' of the European Cup in '68 and European Player of the Year; in the opinion of Pele, the most naturally talented footballer that ever lived. Retired at 27 and reduced to the role of barfly and tabloid perennial - George, where did it all go wrong? Best and Edwards plots the course of two careers unmoored in wildly different ways.
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Best and Edwards by Gordon Burn describes one football club, two players and the fame that destroyed them.

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Gordon Burn was born in Newcastle in 1948 and now lives in London. He is the author of the novels Alma Cogan (winner of the 1992 Whitbread First Novel Prize), Fullalove and The North of England Home Service (published in Spring 2003). He is also the author of the works of non-fiction, Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son (winner of a US Edgar Allan Poe award), Pocket Money and Happy Like Murderers. He wrote the text for Damien Hirst's book, I want to spend the rest of my life everywhere, with everyone, one to one, always, forever, now (1997), before their collaboration On the Way to Work (2001). In 1991 he was named columnist of the year in the Magazine Publishing Awards for his sports column in Esquire.

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