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The Aunt Sally Team [Kindle Edition]

Flick Merauld , Beccy Blake
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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

THE AUNT SALLY TEAM - A Soap Opera:

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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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 best selling non-fiction books published, she turned her hand to writing fiction, resulting in her first novel, The Aunt Sally Team, based on a riotous summer spent playing the old fashioned English pub game of the same name.

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  • File Size: 895 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X5023A
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent story!! January 31, 2013
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Firstly, I must point out that I don't usually read within this genre and wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I can assure you that I have no regrets of reading out of my comfort zone.
The story is based upon a group of unique individuals with their own stories to tell and all brought together when they join a local Aunt sally team.
The author has an excellent way of pulling you into the story with your heart and soul, as like me, you will relate to at least one of the characters in this soap opera style book.
The discription of the characters and scenes are written beautifully and you can easily imagine yourself in the setting and experiencing the emotions which the talented author provokes in you.
Ms Merauld keeps you enthralled throughout the book, giving full explanations in regard to the aunt sally game, Oxford and it's delights, paganism, alcoholism and complicated relationships and so much more.
The story is enriched with drama, romance and laughter and I only hope the second will be as entertaining.

I would recommend this book to any one of my friends and have given it the 5 stars it so rightly deserves
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read December 7, 2013
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Got off to a real slow start (and I never did quite figure out what the game was), but I couldn't stop reading this because I found myself really caring about all of this wide assortment of characters (except Becca. I still hate her.) Not being British and having never been to Oxford, some of the local customs/terminology etc slowed me down as well (which is not a negative--the book stays true to its culture). Funny, thinking back on it, I realize that each story line actually resolves at least on a hopeful note, and yet when I initially finished reading, I was overwhelmingly sad. Definitely one I'll keep mulling over for awhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winner December 23, 2012
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I read all the time. Over coffee at breakfast, at lunch, in bed at night, so I'm used to picking up a book, reading a chapter or three and putting it aside for a while. Not this one. Once I started there was no place that allowed me to stop. I wanted to see what happened to the couples, to Dante and Diana, to Lissa and Rashi, To Vera and Jason, to the odious Beccy her spoiled daughter Lucy and all the rest. Merauld tells a complicated story of the lives that come together on the Aunt Sally Team without letting her reader get lost in the shuffle. Somehow she speaks of love and addiction, abuse and innocence, alienation and love, without a false note. good on you, Flick Merauld.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite an achievement for a writer November 15, 2012
By mr dead
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The very first thing that struck me about this story, right from the start, was the tone the writer took up. It feels and reads like a relaxed conversation with the author. At no point does your attention waver and it is a completely engrossing story.
If i were to be told this story was based entirely on real people and a real event i would believe it. There are no tall tales of heroism or wild antics. It is a story of people who are geniune and have their ups and downs to be handled as best they can. The Aunt Sally game appears to be a lynchpin event that brings them together while their hopes and vulnerablities are explored by the writer with sometimes comical and sometimes sad consequences. Ultimately i found it to be very heartwarming and inspiring.
I think if you skip the usual genre you read and just take a chance on this then you will be glad you did. I know i was
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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 3 months ago by mary-jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Aunt sally
I did enjoy the book mostly. Some characters more than others. I especially like how we get to know the characters and what their thoughts are and how some type of closure is given... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bv
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Cute
Published 4 months ago by D. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
Even though this isn't my normal genre, I really enjoyed this book. I was personally vested in each character and how they interacted. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun
I had no idea what to expect but enjoyed this a great deal. I tend to give five stars only to books which are not quite as light-hearted and more serious, but I nearly did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Bitney
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't read it
Had to force myself to concentrate on what I was reading in the first chapter. Didn't try reading further. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars pub games and friends
very fun book, full of complicated relationships, nice to read about the pub games.
Published 5 months ago by Terri
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little story
Not a bad little story. I like how everything mostly worked out in the end. Pleasant, realistic characters. Now I want to see someone actually play Aunt Sally too.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars meandering tale
This is a story about an eclectic group of people, randomly together to play a seasonal game called Aunt Sally. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Judy K-M
4.0 out of 5 stars A doll of a story.
A well written and interesting read. Not a mystery, action thriller,who-done-it or even a romance novel, although it's closest to the latter. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

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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