- Author Patricia Greene
I spotted this book in a charity shop and made a beeline for it, ready to buy it despite not seeing a price tag on it. It didn’t matter to me how much it cost, I wanted this book. I seem to have developed a bit of an obsession with the Radio 4 rural soap and I don’t know why.
I have previously purchased the “Who’s Who in The Archers” books, a similar but much more concise concept. The A-Z guides go through all the current characters and give you a brief history, particularly focusing on what is relevant for the year just gone and the year coming soon. They are good but having listened for over a year now, they don’t tell me much I don’t already know.
This book is much more of an encyclopaedia, published in 1996, and containing even the smallest characters right back since the 50s, when the soap began. It’s written by some of the actors, and that means they know their stuff. I don’t know if it’s designed to be read as a book, or if it is more of a reference, but I devoured it from cover to cover. I can’t exactly recommend it, as I know no-one else on the planet would care to read a 13 year old book about characters that don’t exist anymore, but still, I give it a big thumbs up.