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The Aunt Sally Team

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3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  141 Ratings  ·  32 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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Elaine
Dec 24, 2012 Elaine rated it really liked it
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
Doreen
…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.
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Peter Davey
Nov 26, 2012 Peter Davey rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2012 J.D. Hughes rated it it was amazing
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.

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Wendy Cartmell
Feb 01, 2013 Wendy Cartmell rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 27, 2012 Aunty Janet rated it really liked it
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.
Betsy
Feb 05, 2015 Betsy rated it liked it
Who knew that Aunt Sally was a game. sign up to join a team, get to know new people and hopefully make new friends, and not make a fool of themselves playing the game. Sounds challenging. 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, it made you feel and think at the same time. I liked the stories within the story also, and how some type of closure to their stories is given in the end. My main disli ...more
Francesca Green
Aug 23, 2015 Francesca Green rated it it was ok
I enjoyed certain topics explored in The Aunt Sally Team but overall I found it rather repetitive and sometimes boring. I persevered hoping that certain stories may develop but they seemed to plod along, not gaining the momentum I was hoping for.

The different characters were entertaining but I found certain characters such as Diana and Lucy quite frustrating. I also think Flick Merauld could have explored Lucy's deeper feelings about her parents separation rather than mentioning it and moving o
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Die Booth
I met the author of this book in circumstances almost as unusual as joining an Aunt Sally team (I won't elaborate here!) and she was so lovely and interesting that I had to give one of her novels a go, despite the fact that this is absolutely nothing like anything I have ever read or would ever have picked up to read. Well - that just proves that you should always give new things a go. I'm not sure if this is chick-lit exactly, as I've never read any, but it's a pacy, fun and engaging read which ...more
Anne-Marie Klein
Oct 08, 2012 Anne-Marie Klein rated it really liked it
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
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Lorraine Burgess
Feb 02, 2013 Lorraine Burgess rated it it was amazing
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
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Alison
Jul 03, 2012 Alison rated it did not like it
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
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Ruth Mancini
Dec 31, 2012 Ruth Mancini rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2012 Kevin Hammond rated it it was amazing
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
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Jerilyn K. Bitney
Dec 28, 2014 Jerilyn K. Bitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Rollicking good fun, good character development, and the author has a gift for allowing us to peer into the minds of the people and see what they do what they do.
Ruth Johnstone
Mar 12, 2014 Ruth Johnstone rated it really liked it
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.
Liza
Feb 08, 2016 Liza rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, chic-lit, 2012
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
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Shelly
Jul 14, 2016 Shelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Too many British references and TERRIBLE writing! One character has THREE different names in the same section; Melissa, Liss, Lissa! Not my cup of tea, Thank you! (pun intended)
Kelly
Jan 08, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and the author goes very in depth with the characters.
A group of people who have mostly never met before, respond to an advert to join an Aunt Sally Team at a local pub. Relationships and friendships are formed, some for the better and some for worse.
Flick Merauld touches on various issues, including alcoholism, teenage love, relationship issues and vengeance.
It was certainly a page turner as I wanted to keep reading to see how everything evolved, e
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Sarahanne
Nov 04, 2014 Sarahanne rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read. A nice ensemble piece with sympathetic characters and an interesting backdrop.
Åshild
Dec 25, 2014 Åshild rated it liked it
More like a 2 +, maybe- the aunt sally game framing was interesting, but I struggled soewhat to get through the thing and got bored by soe of the romance stuff
Áine
Nov 05, 2012 Áine rated it really liked it
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
Nov 24, 2012 I.C. Camilleri rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 30, 2012 Maureen Vincent-Northam rated it really liked it
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.
Cassie
Aug 13, 2012 Cassie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Jul 19, 2012 Karen Wilson rated it it was ok
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
Az
Jun 05, 2013 Az rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I just could not get into this, So boring, unlikeable charectors. This is one of the very few books I gave up on.
Samantha
Feb 26, 2013 Samantha rated it did not like it
Very slow! Took me ages to get into this book. Didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped to.
Louise
Nov 11, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it
A good mix of characters who all come together. Really enjoyed reading about it all.
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