This series of short stories will make you wet yourself laughing, well up with tears, shake your head in disbelief and even cringe at 80s style memories… Good humour, like good cheese, gets riper with age and this is very much the case with All Muck and Mullets, a light-hearted look at life in the 1980s in the heart of rural England. We spend a year in the company of a colourful collection of eccentric but endearing characters from the peculiar village of Adderstey. Beginning in May 1985, the twelve chapters of the book take us through each month as various hilarious events unfold at the expense of the residents. Prepare for village brawls, Women’s Institute ladies getting fruity on hash cakes, sponsored drinking events, tantrums among the amateur dramatics group, naked druidic rituals in the forest, campanologists indulging in a spot of ‘swinging’ in the bell tower, sporadic poaching and cattle rustling… Some chapters have darker storylines than others, but most have an element of humour cleverly interwoven into the plot and readers will quickly grow fond of the characters. Did Craigie’s highly alcoholic entrepreneurial activities put the residents of the old folks’ home into intensive care? Who severed Rick the Shop’s ponytail? And who really knocked up Olivia, the local land owner’s daughter? All Muck and Mullets will appeal to those who enjoy short stories with humour. Reminiscent of Tom Sharpe’s writing, the tale is akin to a more gritty version of The Darling Buds of May, with naughty bits thrown in for good measure! Whether at home or on the move, this book is the perfect companion for anyone in need of a good laugh.
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