I COULD SEE ME NOW
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