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The Aunt Sally Team

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A hilarious, romantic, sexy, fun filled romp through Oxford and the Cotswolds, following the tangled relationships of a group of people as they play the traditional English pub game of Aunt Sally during one summer season.
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Published 2012
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This worthy read begins with a posting looking for team members to play on an Aunt Sally team – a game played in British pubs. Bill who was looking to put the team together had ideas of a dedicated team to participate in competitions with other like teams. His hopes of this didn’t appear too promising when he saw who walked in the pub on the first evening looking to join. He became more convinced of this as the weeks went by and some of the folks weren’t showing up. Competitions were played and...more
…An endearing, delightful tale with flawed, quirky characters…

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....more
Peter Davey
It sounds like a cliché but Flick Merauld's novel, `The Aunt Sally Team', does work at many different levels. The title and cover suggest a light-hearted, humorous tale about an ill-assorted band of characters in an obscure corner of English parochial life and readers who are expecting that will not be disappointed. It is, however, far far more than that. Each of the players who reluctantly come together to form the Aunt Sally Team at the George and Dragon pub in Oxford is, either by fate, famil...more
J.D. Hughes
Don’t expect fireworks from Aunt Sally, although there are several dramatically tense moments that will have you wondering about outcomes and worrying about the fate of various characters. This is a delightful and gentle comedy of Englishness, but laced with moral questions about alcoholism, the nature of modern relationships and the inescapable consequences of love. The book has something of P.G. Wodehouse about it, but with far more empathy and much less farce than good old P.G. ever managed.

Wendy Cartmell
This is a well written, well researched piece of enjoyable fiction that stays in the mind well after the reader has finished the book. Flick Mirauld draws her characters with words, as finely as they are drawn on the front cover. Each is very different and each endears you to them in their own different ways. The ever moody teenagers, the lonely widow, the businesswoman who isn’t really looking for love and, of course, Dante, so well named, so charming, so needy and yet so flawed. This is a book...more
Aunty Janet
This quirky book is much more character driven than about the plot. The characters are brought together by joining the team for a quaint Oxfordshire pub game. A mixture of ages and backgrounds interact together into their own stories, trials and tribulations. Interlinked, almost as a character itself, is the glorious Oxfordshire countryside and town of Oxford. I'd love to read more by this author, I was reminded very much of Maeve Binchey whilst reading The Aunt Sally Team.
Anne-Marie Klein
As somehow who spent part of a summer a few years ago in Dorchester, Oxfordshire, I looked forward to reading this book for the local flavour and it did not disappoint in that regard. I loved the descriptions of the area in and around Oxford, and could easily see the landscape reappear in my imagination.

As a Canadian, I had never heard of Aunt Sally games, and I'm still not completely sure what it entails. No matter, I quite enjoyed the quirky cast of characters in the book and their complicated...more
Lorraine Burgess
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 op...more
I very rarely give up on books, but I'm afraid this one has been consigned to the "abandoned" shelf. It held high promise - the reviews on Amazon were all good, it's set in Oxfordshire so I was looking forward to reading about the county where I've made my home (for the time being), and it was about Aunt Sally, a traditional Oxfordshire sport that intrigues me. Should have been a winner.

Well after spending about ten days reading it at bedtime I was only at 37% - because it just sent me to sleep...more
Ruth Mancini
I really enjoyed The Aunt Sally Team. The story was based on an interesting premise and this, along with the strength of the writing, drew me in straight away. I have to admit that the story didn't really take off for me until about half way through, but the setting (Oxfordshire - my home!) and my interest in the characters, particularly Diana and Dante, kept me reading. I was glad that I had done so. The development of that particular storyline was what made the book really interesting for me....more
Kevin Hammond
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...more
Ruth Johnstone
I downloaded this book free from Amazon and what a gem it was.

We get to know all the characters in the team and the ups and downs of their lives, all very well described, and at the end you are quite sad to be leaving them.

Would probably have missed this one had it now been on the free list and what a loss that would have been.
It was a bit cliched in parts, and you definitely have to be able to multitask the numerous characters and plotlines, but I really have nothing truly negative to say about this book. Almost all of the characters evolved by the end of the novel, and aside from anyone under 25 overusing the word "like," I enjoyed most of the storylines. It was a light novel - nothing in it was truly heartwrenching or soulsearching - but that was okay, too.

Random: I had to push through the first several chapters b...more
As the Aunt Sally Team step up to the ochee at the George & Dragon, there are two other stories running contrapuntally: a serious look at alcoholism and its effects on friends and family; and the individual foibles of the team member "organized" by Bill Green, and his efforts to shape them into a cohesive force. I learned a lot about this ancient game (Aunt Sally) and its origins, the use of "Aunt Sally" as a figure of speech, and about the environs of Oxford.
I.C. Camilleri
The Aunt Sally Team is an absolute five-star read. The story line revolves around the traditional Oxfordshire game of Aunt Sally. But that’s just the surface. Beneath this light crust various deep issues are tackled, issues that our modern society faces, alcoholism, culture clashes, to name just a few. This, together with a rich writing style, lovable characters and a sprinkling of humour makes it an outstanding read. No wonder it has all those five stars.
Maureen Vincent-Northam
Middle-aged Bill Green advertises for a group of like-minded people to form an Aunt Sally team for the George and Dragon pub. What he gets is an odd assortment who are all joining up for reasons of their own – not all entirely voluntary.

The book centres on each of the characters’ lives by turns, the unlikely alliances that develop and a variety of problems.
Thankfully I had the Olympics to use as an excuse for taking so long to read this book.
I didn't feel that I got to know any of the characters at all and certainly not enough to feel concern over any of their happenings.
The ending was very abrupt and sadly, predictable.
Leigh Mitchell
Once I got into it I liked the story, and all of the characters were great but what I found really annoying was the font formatting, it was either eye-strainingly small or too big.
Karen Wilson
Very slow but persevered with it. OK but was bored within first half of the book. Could have been a great book .... Too many individual character storylines for me
I just could not get into this, So boring, unlikeable charectors. This is one of the very few books I gave up on.
Very slow! Took me ages to get into this book. Didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped to.
A good mix of characters who all come together. Really enjoyed reading about it all.
I really enjoyed this, a few different stories interweaved.
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