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Fatty Batter
By Michael Simkins

Fatty Batter

How Cricket Saved My Life (then Ruined It)

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Fatty Batter by Michael Simkins

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for British Sports Book Awards: Best Cricket Book 2008.
  • Shortlisted for Costa Biography Award 2007.

Book Description

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, Fatty Batter is the bestselling and hilarious story of one man's life lived through cricket.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091901516
ISBN-10: 0091901510
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 19mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Dear Lupin (Stage Version) by Michael Simkins Dear Lupin (Stage Version), Paperback (October 2015)

Michael Simkins' immensely charming stage adaptation of Dear Lupin, the witty and touching collection of letters from a father to his son that became a huge bestseller, winner of The Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year.

Rules of Acting by Michael Simkins Rules of Acting, Paperback (June 2014)

The author isn't sure, even though he's been one himself for over thirty years. Join him backstage as he examines that business called showbusiness, from am dram to Hollywood, and from Shakespeare to ads for flatulence pills. This title shares his hard-won wisdom.

Last Flannelled Fool by Michael Simkins Last Flannelled Fool, Paperback (April 2012)

Michael Simkins is the ultimate Sunday cricketer. When an injury rules him out of an entire season, not only might it spell the end of his long career, he is faced more immediately with a summer aimlessly wandering garden centres and listening to The Archers. This title presents his portrait.

Detour De France by Michael Simkins Detour De France, Paperback (April 2010)

Though happy enough with his lot, Michael Simkins has never truly shaken the nagging doubt - helpfully upheld by his partner Julia - that he somehow lacks worldly sophistication. While she spent her teenage years as a nanny, his utter lack of travel experience still has the power to shock people into leaving dinner parties early.

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Author Biography - Michael Simkins

Michael Simkins was born in 1957 and spent his childhood in a sweetshop in Brighton. In 1966 he saw his first cricket match on the TV, and from that moment he was hooked. When he hasn't been playing, watching or dreaming about cricket, Michael has spent his time acting. He has appeared in countless plays and musicals in the west end, most recently as Billy Flynn in Chicago, and also features regularly on TV and the silver screen, usually playing unsuspecting husbands, police sergeants or experts. He lives with his wife, the actress Julia Deakin, in north-west London, and still plays cricket to a worryingly low standard all over the Southern Counties.

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