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How Simkins Saved My Week,
This review is from: Fatty Batter: How Cricket Saved My Life (then Ruined It) (Paperback)
A week's holiday in Normandy this May would have been utterly ruined by the appalling weather, were it not for this 300-page gem by Mr. Simkins, which transported me to some sunsoaked boundary of my own rememberings, where I seemed to bask all week in happy contemplation of another brilliant innings by this writer. He knows all the shots, and plays them off the sweet spot every time. Deeply touching but never mawkish; stylish, witty and just rude enough to make you shift a little in your deckchair, he is Alan Bennett in grass-stained flannels. His book about cricket is about so much more than just cricket. I think it's probably about being British. If there's any justice, it'll be an all-time classic, as synonymous with summertime as the first glass of Pimms.