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The Last Flannelled Fool

As Michael Simkins eases into his half century he starts, quite rightly, to reflect on how everything has gone to the dogs- cricket, England and his own spreading self. Worried that he s spending as much time visiting relatives in nursing homes as he is at cricket grounds or rural creases, he takes off in search of the fire (those golden moments when his love of cricket was first kindled), in search of himself and an England past. It's a journey that takes him back to the light drizzle of childhood holidays, the burial site of his favourite ground (now a Marks & Spencer), to historic Hambledon and the Eton Harrow match. It s not all Proustian lament, and Michael even tries heroically to fall in love with the confetti-cannoned bastard child of WG Grace and Kerry Katona that is T20 and has not one but two epiphanies- one facing down Freddie Flintoff, the other in a small room in Market Harborough at 2am with Ken Dodd. So can his beloved cricket still bring comfort and meaning to life or is Old Father Time about to call for Michael s bails?
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A hilarious odyssey in search of some answers about life and cricket from the author of the bestselling Fatty Batter

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Michael Simkins trained at RADA. He has appeared in more than 70 plays, stage highlights include A View from the Bridge at the National Theatre as well as musicals Chicago and Mamma Mia. He also directed Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends at the Greenwich Theatre. He has made countless TV appearances - recent credits include Foyle's War and My Family - as well as turns on the silver screen in such films as Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy. He has worked with luminaries as diverse as Anthony Perkins, John Malkovich, Michael Gambon and Buster Merryfield. He lives with his actress wife Julia in London.

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