PBOTD 9th May: Caroline Akrill - Eventer's Dream
Caroline Akrill's Eventer's Trilogy is probably the best series of books about eventing. More modern attempts to cover the sport certainly lack the wit, humour and sheer bonkers dash of Caroline Akrill's books.
Christine Lunness, Caroline's editor at Arlington Books spotted how popular eventing was becoming and commissioned a series on the sport. Its heroine is Elaine, whose ambition to become an eventer is hugely complicated by her decision to work for the Fanes, the classic aristocratic family who are asset rich and cash poor. As one cannot pay the blacksmith with a bit of ancestral brickwork their livery business is in a parlous state by the time Elaine arrives, and it is the tension between the wayward Fanes and Elaine’s ambition that gives the books their spark.
If you've been in the horse world a long time, you might well know the Fanes' mother, Lady Jennifer. In an interview I did with Caroline, I asked her if the Fanes were based on people she'd met in real life. She said: