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The Aunt Sally Team [Kindle Edition]

Flick Merauld , Beccy Blake
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Highly Enjoyable Read: It's the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon read, fun and entertaining whilst at the same time offering you emotional moments and a twist or two to keep you guessing how it's all going to end.
Reviewed by Rosamund


When Bill Green puts a notice in a post office window in Oxford, he hopes for a group of intellectually stimulating companions with whom to share long summer evenings playing Aunt Sally, a quaint, traditional English pub game. Instead he gets a zany assortment of characters, not one of whom lives up to his preconceptions.

Diana craves excitement after ending a comfortable but unchallenging relationship. But is she heading for trouble when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Dante Blackthorn? He’s handsome, charismatic and a feckless alcoholic and compulsive gambler, though his devil-may-care attitude and hazy sense of boundaries mask a sensitive and complex personality. His dissatisfied ex wife Beccy still hankers after him and his self-centred but vulnerable daughter Lucy hates the idea of a new woman coming into her Dad’s life!

Best friends Lissa and Bethany are pagan teenagers who have their own coven but want to meet boys and have fun as well. Which is fine till Liss falls for someone and jeopardises the friendship.

Meanwhile Jason, a delinquent eighteen year old, has been forced to play Aunt Sally by his Dad and Uncle, who hope being part of the team will keep him out of trouble. When Lucy and Jason are attracted to each other, things get complicated, especially as Beth has set her sights on him as well.

Elderly widow Vera needs to put the past behind her. Will helping Jason fill a gap in her life and begin the process of healing?

And Rashi’s family owns the George and Dragon pub where the Aunt Sally Team is based. He thinks his future is mapped out until he falls in love and is pulled between the culture he grew up in and the expectations of his Indian family.

With these and other characters thrown into the mix, the ensuing interactions and relationships become more and more entangled as the players progress through the season. From May Morning celebrations in Oxford to riotous Aunt Sally matches at idyllic Cotswold village pubs - with fun, drama, sex, romance and chaos along the way - by the end of the summer their lives will have been changed forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 895 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X5023A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Flick Merauld is a writer artist and photographer and plonks around on harp and guitar. As well as training in photography and graphic design at art school, she's travelled all over the world and done many different jobs including barmaid, farmhand and factory worker. She's now very happily settled in the beautiful but eccentric city of Oxford with her partner and family.

Having had several well known non-fiction books published by the American publisher Llewellyn, under the pen name Elen Hawke, she turned her hand to writing fiction, resulting in novels that include the best selling The Aunt Sally Team, based on a riotous summer spent playing the old fashioned English pub game of the same name, and its sequel, Aunt Sally & More. Both these books combine love, sex, relationships and humour with depth and insight.

Her novel The Sacred Marriage, set in Brittany and Oxford, is written in a more serious vein.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with a deeper message: 25 April 2012
By Gary
Format:Kindle Edition
The Aunt Sally Team is a laugh out loud book based on a very original idea. However, though the story certainly has its melodramatic moments and a lot of focus on light hearted relationships, love interest and humour, some of the issues tackled here are deep and not at all frivolous. The characters are well drawn and believable and the descriptions of Oxford and the surrounding countryside make you feel as if you are there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Aunt Sally Team - an unmissable read! 18 Jun. 2012
By Bunny
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What really makes this book is that it has a simplistic story line, a group of people responding to an advert to form a team and participate in a pub team event yet the reality is anything but, these people are so different that ordinarily they wouldn't have met, now they have you really get drawn in to getting to know them. The book manages to cover some pretty deep subjects alcholism, teenage fumblings as they discover and follow their carnal urges, shyness, racial prejudice etc. This book was addictive and I reluctantly put it down when I finished it, thoroughly enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The team of eight for the George and Dragon pub is quite a motley group of characters. Each chooses to join the team with a sense of hope that either loneliness will be eased or an accomplishment can add fulfillment to their life. Flick Merauld is a master weaver of tales. Although the script takes the reader into each character's personal storyline, the story moves smoothly from character to character in a balanced, harmonious flow.
There is no person in this novel named Aunt Sally. Instead, Aunt Sally is the `doll,' a small white skittle dressed in a bonnet with an old woman's face. A traditional Oxfordshire pub game, teams of 8 from various pubs play against each other. Using an underarm throw of variously weighted sticks, the goal is to knock the doll off a swivel-top iron. It takes great patience and skill.
The most compelling aspect for me in reading THE AUNT SALLY TEAM is the psychological themes, the flaws of character that are masterfully tackled by Flick Merauld. She writes of these flaws with profound understanding tossed with a seasoning of wit. The inner thoughts and urges of each young character relative to friendship and dating are sensitively written. The relationship issues amongst the adult characters relative to marriage, separation, sexual intimacy and trust are insightfully presented. Even the older-age characters concerns are treated with dignity.
Having worked in the field of Substance Abuse, I was most captivated by Flick's writing of the relationship between Dante and Diana who meet as team members. Flick scripts so insightfully not only the signs of Dante's spiraling alcoholism but also his stages of denial and the difficulty he had in recognizing his condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Wise 1 Nov. 2012
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I enjoyed this very much. It was an absorbing read and I was really rooting for all the characters. It's a clever plot in that there are a number of interlocking stories centred around an Aunt Sally team. I wasn't sure if I liked the multiple points of view at first, but soon got sucked into the various stories. This is a realistic story written without the benefit of rose tinted spectacles, but isn't at all gritty, just honest. There is a lightness of touch and a certain humour running through the novel, but I didn't find it laugh out loud funny because I empathised too much with the characters. (I cringe at "Caught on Camera".) It reminds me of some of the superior Chick Lit by Jill Mansfield, though I would not describe this as Chick Lit because it lacks the tiresome obsession with Chick Lit-alia like shoes and clothes and shopping. All round, a very entertaining story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly entertaining read. 15 Jun. 2012
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The Aunt Sally Team is beautifully written, making you feel your actually there. The plot is believable but not predictable, it makes you laugh out loud but also makes you think about some of the serious issues faced in life without detracting from your enjoyment of what is a highly entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Alison
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Bill advertises for people to join an Oxford based team to play an archaic (and real) pub game called Aunt Sally. Instead of getting the high brow academics he wants on the team his recruits are a mishmash of characters who play out the Aunt Sally season in a web of inter-related storylines.

The main relationship between self contained Diana and drink fuelled Dante is unpredictable and well researched, ringing true in its complexity.The supporting cast are equally engaging - I really did care about how Lissa gets on with Rashi and what will become of troubled Beth.

Warmly drawn characters, an Oxfordshire landscape brought to life and intelligent plots make this a very enjoyable read. Not just a well written romantic tale - this is a page turner which makes you think.

I would happily read more from this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the sequel! 26 July 2012
By Judith
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I loved this book - the Oxford setting, the wonderful characters, the thought provoking storyline and sub-plots - it is an immensely enjoyable read and I really hope the author plans a sequel. I knew nothing about the game of "Aunt Sally" until I read this, but I live in Oxford and love books set in my home city as I feel I can relate to them more; I was not disappointed, the author clearly knows the city well. I felt myself getting intwined in the lives of the characters and really hoping things turned out well for them; you know a book is well-written when that happens. If you are looking to load up your Kindle with some great books for the summer (now that it has finally arrived) I would urge you to include The Aunt Sally Team, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
This was not what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised. I really connected with all the characters and enjoyed the book immensely. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and light hearted read
This is a lovely book, well thought out storyline and well written. The characters are all believable and have their own part in the story. Read more
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Published 9 months ago by suzi
5.0 out of 5 stars A very, fun, thoughtful and romantic read.
The Aunt Sally Team is a really enjoyable read, after reading a couple of quite 'heavy' (basically, depressing! Read more
Published 10 months ago by mary-jane
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Published 11 months ago by Susan Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars An ideal holiday read
I met the author of this book in circumstances almost as unusual as joining an Aunt Sally team (I won't elaborate here! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Die Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Great characters in this book. I had never heard of this pub game but it was a great back drop to link the lives of various broken characters in their journey to final happiness. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This book started a little slowly but stick with it ,it progresses very well. Set in Oxford around an Aunt Sally team, the book charts the complex relationships realistically and... Read more
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