• Fatty Batter

  • How Cricket Saved My Life (Then Ruined It)
  • By: Michael Simkins
  • Narrated by: Michael Simkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-07-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (31 ratings)

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
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Critic reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 26-08-08

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Dog Ranger on 11-07-18

Wide, no ball and four overthows

I wanted to love this but, I found it boring, trite, tired and unfunny. For a cricket lover to not know the correct story behind the Ashes just sealed it for me. However, I'm glad Andy Babington got a mention.

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