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.
"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." (
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Become a cricket convert
My childhood down to a t
I have listened to this book more than once enjoying it each time
The part when he play owzthat making up his own teams brought back many memories
This book made me laugh but more over took me bake to my childhood