Waggoners' Walk: The Story Continues...
Corgi, London, 1982
The blurb on the back:
When the BBC brought this phenomenally successful serial to a sudden end, thousands of listeners thought they would never know whether Sophie Richmond accepted George Underdown's proposal of marriage... Or why Peter Tyson had a mysterious package of money through the post... Or what were Shirley Edwards' chances of continuing to evade Maurice Gill's advances.
For those of you careless enough to have forgotten, Waggoners' Walk was Radio Two's very own daily serial, the light entertainment rival to The Archers. And it was pretty damn successful, running for eleven years and attracting larger audiences than its elder brother on Radio Four, until its untimely demise in 1980. Bizarrely, the novelization came out after the end of the show, as the sleeve notes proudly point out. In fact this isn't so much a novelization as a continuation of the struggle by other means.
I have to confess, however, that I cannot recommend this book. Partly this is because I didn't read it all, partly it's because the bits I have read are far too dull to continue and partly it's because I never liked Waggoners' Walk much in the first place. Sorry about that. I feel like I've let you down, I've let Waggoners' Walk down, but most of all, I've let myself down. Oh well, never mind.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 2/5