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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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"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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Cricket v. confectionery

In this gently enjoyable tale Michael Simkins narrates how his childhood passion for sweets gradually came to be replaced by a passion for cricket - a passion which was, unfortunately, not matched by any commensurate aptitude for the game.