So Jennifer's book club choice - Mistress of the Paddocks, by Borsetshire author Carinthia Hart - turned out to be a thinly disguised version of a supposed relationship between Jennifer's husband Brian and flame-haired Pony Club doyenne Mandy Beesborough.

But what actually happened between Brian and Mandy, or 'local landowner Byron Ridgeway' and 'avid horsewoman Miranda Birdsall', as the roman a clef portrayed them?

What little we know can be found in this storyline.


Keri Davies is an Archers (and Ambridge Extra) scriptwriter and web producer.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by JennyNature

    on 14 Mar 2012 10:23

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Keri Davies

    on 29 Jun 2011 15:12

    I couldn't possibly comment, of course, but there's more specuation here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thearchers/2011/06/who_is_carinthia_hart_-_listen.html

  • Comment number 2. Posted by Nemo399

    on 25 Jun 2011 14:08

    ....or are we to assume that this 'roman a clef' was actually written by Mandy Beesborough herself, in the same way that Lady Caroline Lamb wrote about her affair with another (more famous) Byron in her novel 'Glenarvon'? Please let Professor Jim solve this mystery!

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Nemo399

    on 25 Jun 2011 14:03

    I rarely listen to The Archers these days, so I may have missed something, but I did think this book group episode was quite amusing. However, it will be very disappointing if we don't get to know the true identity of 'Carinthia Hart'. Could it be someone in the village who had it in for Mandy Beesborough and/or Brian, or could it have been the late Julia Pargetter who was writing a novel once? Please tell!

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