Fatty Batter: How Cricket Saved My Life (Then Ruined It) Audiobook | Michael Simkins | Audible.co.uk
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Fatty Batter: How Cricket Saved My Life (Then Ruined It) | [Michael Simkins]
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Fatty Batter: How Cricket Saved My Life (Then Ruined It)

Fatty Batter is the story of one man's lifelong obsession with cricket. From his earliest awkward days as a fat schoolboy, to his years running a team of dysfunctional inadequates, cricket has offered Michael Simkins a shelter from life's irksome realities and a place in which to quietly dream. That place is a peculiarly English arcadia of occasional wondrous beauty, forests of comforting statistics and the endless life-affirming rituals of defeat, humiliation and disappointment - the perfect net practise for life.
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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, 2007.

Fatty Batter is the story of one man's lifelong obsession with cricket. From his earliest awkward days as a fat schoolboy, to his years running a team of dysfunctional inadequates, cricket has offered Michael Simkins a shelter from life's irksome realities and a place in which to quietly dream.

That place is a peculiarly English arcadia of occasional wondrous beauty, forests of comforting statistics, and the endless life-affirming rituals of defeat, humiliation, and disappointment - the perfect net practise for life.

©2007 Michael Simkins; (P)2008 Soundings

What the Critics Say

"At last, the work of genius that will finally bring the long-suffering cricket addict a measure of understanding in the world." (Sir Tim Rice)
"I cannot recall a funnier or more truthful description of how cricket addiction takes hold." (Spectator)
"An entertaining example of the Nick Hornby fat-lad-chosen-last-for-the-football-team genre of autobiography." (Sunday Times)

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    Andrew bury st edmunds, suffolk, United Kingdom 26/08/2008
    Andrew bury st edmunds, suffolk, United Kingdom 26/08/2008
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    "Become a cricket convert"

    This book really explains the romance of cricket which one really cannot understand without seeing the origins of the obese, middle-aged who go misty eyed at the sights, sounds and smells of bat and willow. This book has helped me feel positive about the strange world that my children are so attracted by and hugely entertained me in the process.

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    Simon St Helier, United Kingdom 21/03/2010
    Simon St Helier, United Kingdom 21/03/2010 Member Since 2005
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    "Wish I'd been out first ball..."

    I read the reviews in the papers and on Amazon and thought, as a child growing up in the West Indies, with cricket practically in my blood, that this would be fascinating. Not so. I grew fed up with the trials of Fatty Batter trying to get a team together, the blunders with his partner and the endless criticism of his fellow players. Give me a day in the drizzle, watching any scratch school team, with soggy fruit cake and damp egg sandwiches rather than this!

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