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The Last Flannelled Fool: My small part in English cricket's demise and its large part in mine (Paperback)
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The Last Flannelled Fool: My small part in English cricket's demise and its large part in mine (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 12/04/2012
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Michael Simkins is the ultimate Sunday cricketer - passionate, obsessive, technically inept, and hopelessly deluded. 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. He decides instead to set off on an odyssey across the counties of England in search of that golden time in his youth when his passion for the game was first kindled. It's a journey that begins in May in light drizzle at the birthplace of cricket, takes in the burial site of his favourite ground (now a Marks & Spencer) and even stops along the way to flirt with the love child of WG Grace and Kerry Katona that is Twenty20. It ends with the ultimate cricketing zenith - returning to the field of play to bowl an over to Freddie Flintoff in fading light in front of a capacity crowd. So can cricket still bring comfort and meaning to his life or is Old Father Time about to call for Michael's bails?

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780091927554
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 20 mm


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"One of those rambling, picaresque, unashamedly nostalgic travel books that so enliven a summer afternoon... funny, crafty and written with extraordinary verve" * Mail on Sunday *
"A funny, well-observed obituary of English cricket's eccentric soul" * Telegraph *
"A book you're certain to love" -- James Walton * Daily Mail *
"An amiable, sharp-eyed companion" * Independent *
"Hugely entertaining" * We Love This Book *

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“A whimsical saunter through a summer of cricket”

Following an injury, Simkins is banned from playing cricket for his team for a whole season, and decides to revist the game at all levels to see if he still loves it as he used to.

An amusing trawl around the village... More

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