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The Archers in Fact and Fiction

Academic Analyses of Life in Rural Borsetshire

Edited By Cara Courage, Nicola Headlam and Peter Matthews

If you have ever wondered about the ethical implications of Dr Richard Locke’s affair with Shula Hebden Lloyd, or whether the ergonomic design of tractor seats could have prevented Tony Archer from getting a bad back, then this book is for you. Leading academics from across the United Kingdom use storylines from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers to examine life in rural Borsetshire, bringing their academic research to new audiences. Is Lynda Snell a middleclass warrior? Can Rob Titchener be compared to Iago? The irreverent but thought-provoking contributions
will have you laughing and thinking.
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Figure 1 A comparative vowel plot generated from recordings of Judy Bennett playing Shula Archer/Shula Hebden Lloyd in 1975 and 2015. Plot generated using the NORM online suite (Thomas and Kendall 2007).

Figure 2 A modern 110 HP tractor (left) and a farmer attaching an implement to the PTO (right).

Figure 3 The ‘Land Girl’ posture is still used in modern tractors where controls are still located behind the driver.

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