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top of the bus. She was a teacher on the way to class and I was on my way to a coun­cil meet­ing. Sixty years later, we’re still mar­ried. We ne­go­ti­ated that tricky path when lives rad­i­cally change.

Mary had her own won­der­ful ca­reer in tele­vi­sion; she be­came a very good in­ter­viewer in­deed, and then, af­ter 10 years, sen­si­bly de­cided she’d rather go and play golf with her friends. I un­der­stood that, and there are times when I wish I had. She was ob­vi­ously less stupid than I am.

In­ter­view by Boudicca Fox-Leonard

Ge­orge Best: A Mem­oir by Michael Parkin­son (Hod­der, £20) is avail­able for £16.99 at books.tele­graph.co.uk Michael ap­pears at Strat­ford Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val to­day

OWZAT! Michael Parkin­son’s dad wanted his son to be a county crick­eter; above left, Parkin­son in­ter­views Ge­orge Best, the sub­ject of his new book

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