George Best will not be playing today - A book of tributes
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20/10/2011 11:00, Report by Adam Marshall

Book of Best tributes

Barbara McNarry has been delighted with the response to the new book about her brother, George Best Will Not Be Playing Today.

The publication contains poignant messages from fans and celebrities about how Best touched their lives and also previously unseen photographs of the United icon.

"It’s a much-used phrase but this really was a labour of love for me," Barbara told "I enjoyed every long hour I worked on that book and feel it’s something unique and totally different. It’s the ultimate accolade to George."

Following the release of the title, which is on sale at the Megastore, the feedback has been very positive and illustrates the impact the Northern Irish legend still has on the sporting world and beyond.

"The launch at Belfast City Hall couldn’t have gone better," Barbara explained. "The turn-out was superb and it always is when George’s name is attached. We got excellent press and TV coverage. The sales have already been good, we’re getting plenty of enquiries and the comments coming back are excellent. There's quirky things about the book and some of the images published are very personal ones. An original painting from George is featured - he wasn't very good but loved to dabble with art. Plus the children's section is just lovely and messages from Ireland that are very poignant about how George was a shining light during the dark days of The Troubles."

The title refers to Bournemouth needing to put up a poster to inform fans when Best wasn't likely to play as the gate doubled when he appeared for the Cherries. "I had a lump in my throat when the title fell into place," admitted Barbara.


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