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Jump!: Another joyful and dramatic romp from Jilly Cooper, the Sunday Times bestseller

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Once again, the villagers turn out, forming a syndicate to pay her costs and reap some of the rewards. The food was delicious, the clothes covetable (I distinctly remember a tight linen dress the colour of a New York taxi), even the perfumes were precisely matched to character (Fracas for the bitches, L'Eau d'Issey for the eco-types). I felt fairly uncomfortable as well with some of the work that Jilly did involving Pakistanis and Al Qaeda (I will leave you to wonder how she encompassed this into the world of jump racing!

Can she be the first mare in over fifty years, and Amber the first woman ever, to win this mighty race? Cooper's immersion in the world of jump racing is complete and very believable and I absolutely trust that she has the details of the sport accurately depicted. In fact, I'll eat if my hat if when Rupert Campbell-Black finally kicks the bucket he doesn't get, at the very least, an obituary in the Telegraph, if not a full-blown state funeral. When it turns out that she is a very well-bred thoroughbred racehorse, Etta dreams of putting her into training, but without any money she hopes in vain.It has taken me 3 months to read – simply because I wanted to stretch my reading time to as long as possible, because I didn’t want to finish reading the book.

Etta Bancroft - sweet, kind, still beautiful - adores racing and harbours a crush on one of its stars, the handsome, high-handed owner-trainer Rupert Campbell-Black. One night Etta finds a horribly mutilated filly in the snow in Valent's woods and persuades the outraged Valent to take her in. Captivating vast crowds as she progresses from point-to-point to major races, she brings fame and fortune to the syndicate, until, at last, she is entered in the greatest jump race of them all. Thank you for giving me another wonderful ready, I can’t wait for your next book about Rupert turning 60.With the help of the villagers, sometimes without their knowledge, she nurses Mrs Wilkinson back to health.

When her bullying husband dies, Etta’s selfish, ambitious children drag her from her lovely Dorset house to live in a hideous modern bungalow in the Cotswold village of Willowwood. As for me I’m not giving up on Cooper, I’ll read the next novel in the series, I’m confident it will be as much fun as the other novels in the series and well worth the read. It makes me so cross in a time when so many talented authors are struggling to get published that this utter horse-manure should make it onto the shelf and that we, trusting Cooper's previous record, should pay good money for it. But I really enjoyed the book felt it was more modern than her previous books and I even shed a tear at the end.Despite the ballooning cast lists and increasingly febrile plots, she remains adept at bringing these people to such glittering, thrusting life that they feel almost real. Etta Bancroft- sweet, kind, still beautiful- adores racing and harbours a crush on one of its starts, the handsome high-handed owner-trainer Rupert Campbell-Black.

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