Fatty Batter: How Cricket Saved My Life (then Ruined It)

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9780091901509: Fatty Batter: How Cricket Saved My Life (then Ruined It)

A fat boy with a passion for sweets and a loathing for games, the young Michael Simkins finds in cricket a sport where size doesn't necessarily matter and a full-blown obsession is born. Now in middle-age he still harbours the somewhat deluded belief that the England middle-order might usefully benefit from his hard-earned skills. From impromptu Test series played with his dad in the family sweetshop through to his years running a team of dysfunctional inadequates, it tells the hilarious story of one man's life lived through cricket.

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Review:

"At last, the work of genius that will finally bring the
long-suffering cricket addict a measure of understanding in the world. A
wonderful and very funny book" -- Sir Tim Rice

"Once you've read this account of one man's love of cricket,
you'll never want to read another ghosted autobiography by a Pietersen or a
Vaughan again - incompetence and failure is far more fun" -- Michael Atherton

"an instant classic" -- Stephen Fry

'Almost painfully funny' -- Observer

'Brilliantly witty' -- Ed Smith, Mail on Sunday

'The childhood recollections, suffused with warmth and spangled
with pain and humour, are the book's unique selling point. Lovely stuff'
-- Daily Telegraph

'Wonderfully written - full of wit, gags, self-deprecating asides
and a pure, unfettered understanding of a man's limitations' -- All Out Cricket

From the Publisher:

A tale of one podgy boy’s dreams on the outside edge of a cricketing life, from the celebrated author of What’s My Motivation?

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