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‘This Isn’t About Curry, Alistair’

Gender, Sex and Gossip in Ambridge

ISBN: 978-1-78769-948-9, eISBN: 978-1-78769-945-8

Publication date: 19 February 2019


This paper reflects on the divorce between The Archers Shula and Alistair Hebden Lloyd. It considers in particular Shula’s main reason for the separation (‘I just don’t love you anymore’) and her inability to explain any further (‘It’s just how I feel’). It does so by bringing Shula in conversation with the British philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, who was an avid listener to The Archers. Love is for Murdoch a moral virtue, though she is also aware of its trappings. I shall use the recent scholarly debate on the love in Murdoch’s work to help Shula reflect on her claim.


Altorf, H.M. (2019), "‘This Isn’t About Curry, Alistair’", Courage, C. and Headlam, N. (Ed.) Gender, Sex and Gossip in Ambridge, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 89-99.



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