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Jump! [Kindle Edition]

Jilly Cooper , Cooper
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

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"Jump! is the perfect read for chilly autumn nights. Hugely entertaining, touching and funny, yet again Cooper has a winner" Daily Express "This is definitely the most exciting book that landed on my doormat this year. Cooper is a major genius... the narrative zips along, pierced with her characteristically brilliant ear for dialogue and empathy for human relationships of all kinds. You won't be able to put it down" -- Sara Lawrence Daily Mail "Near-magical ability to conjure up a world and populate it with people for whom you feel a deep affection" Observer "To read one of Cooper's books is to escape into an alternative universe in which all is right with the world" Guardian "A fast-paced and enjoyable read" Sun

Book Description

Jilly Cooper returns to horses in a fabulously entertaining romp through the world of jump racing

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1320 KB
  • Print Length: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552157805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552157803
  • ASIN: B0040GJJNO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jilly Cooper is a well-known journalist, writer and media superstar. The author of many number one bestselling novels, including Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata, Score! and Pandora, she and her husband live in Gloucestershire with several dogs and cats.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I love Jilly Cooper. I can quote swathes of her books verbatim. To my mind, her best work represents peerless excellence in the field of popular fiction. Unfortunately I couldn't say that about `Jump!'.

I agree with other low-star reviews that the main problem is too many characters, too thinly sketched. Jilly used to be superb at breathing individual life into her extensive cast, giving them real personalities, so I could instantly imagine each one in my mind's eye. In `Jump!', it's like she's stopped bothering. I honestly couldn't tell the difference between Alan and Seth, Miss Painswick and Tilda, Trixie and Amber, Joey and Chris, Phoebe and Romy, the Major and Alban, etc, etc.

As a consequence, I have no idea why certain characters are attracted to each other. People strike up unlikely dalliances seemingly at random. They are ALL, even the "nicer" characters, eye-rollingly undiscerning (even by JC standards), switching crushes and affections every other page in a feeble attempt by the author not to make it too obvious (but it still is) who is going to finish up with who. She's strayed from the usual saucy bed-hopping into pure parody. I ended up not giving a monkey's about the eventual pairings.

The constant theme of young girls reciprocating the lust of much older men is laughably unrealistic in some cases, downright disturbing in others. For example, one character is 14 when introduced and from then on, every reference to her involves a leering older man eyeing her up as a potential sexual conquest, including her own uncle. She has no other function in the plot - it's a far cry from Perdita in `Polo', who also starts off as a brattish, sexually provocative 14 year old, but has SO much more to her character.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but disappointing 26 July 2011
Format:Paperback
I loved Riders, Polo and Rivals. Things started to go wrong with Score and The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, but with the vast amount of research Jilly Cooper put into Jump! and the associated press excitement I was hoping for something much, much better than this.
The novel is readable enough, with Cooper's customary one-liners, racous parties and loveable animals.
The main character is tediously wet, incapable of standing up for herself but somehow universally adored by everyone but her awful, horrid children. Very few of the characters are at all likeable and unfortunately Cooper continues with the stereotypes established in previous novels- all grooms are very sexy, fat women fall in love but only after losing half their body weight, the vicar is gay, characters with regional accents must have their dialogues spelt out phonetically.
This novel is set in the Noughties, but her characters are indistinguishable in actions and speech patterns from the characters of her first novels- there is no sense of progressive time, save mentions of chat rooms and mobile phones.
Characters from previous novels are brought in but not given justifiable page space- Rupert C-B makes an appearance which is fleeting, considering he is mentioned on the blurb (only two characters to be mentioned there). My heart leapt at mentions of Ricky France-Lynch, Lysander Hawkley and Drew Benedict, but their names seem only to have been inserted for the sake of doing so.
Although I never liked Janey Lloyd-Foxe (nee Henderson) she was always presented as a skilled and talented journalist, in Jump! she is a trashy tabloid columnist who does not appear in person but pens trashy articles about her daughter.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment 17 Nov. 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought the Kindle version of this book and, having been a huge Jilly Cooper fan for about 15 years, couldn't wait to read it. I have to say it was a big disappointment. The main protagonist, Etta, has many of the qualities I loved about Daisy MacLeod in 'Polo' but the spark that goes hand in hand with Daisy's kindness and naivete still hadn't emerged by the time I gave up on the book, half-way through. Etta was just a bit wet. I thought there were very few genuinely likeable or genuinely sexy characters in 'Jump!', of which I have found so many in Cooper's books over the years, amazing really since, as usual, there was a huge cast. I also missed the fantastic chemistry between characters and the outlandish sex scenes she used to write so well. There were lots of lecherous people of both sexes here but nothing much comes to fruition! I gave this book two stars because Cooper still writes some of the most evocative descriptions of the countryside and nature I've ever read, and I truly love them. I'm just sorry that on this occasion the rest of the book failed to move me in the same way. I've never not finished a Jilly Cooper novel - in fact, most of mine are dog-eared from many re-readings - so it was quite painful to admit that I couldn't care less what happened to Etta anyone else in 'Jump!' by the mid-way point. This experience left me feeling more than a little sad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish! 24 Nov. 2011
By Janet
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book hoping for a really good read. I have put it down several times and tried again and have struggled to get a quarter of the way through it but I am not going to be able to finish it. What an absolute waste of money and a load of rubbish it is. Not up to the standard of her previous books. So many characters with stupid names and unlikely lives. Don't buy this book - it's a waste of time and space. As it's on my Kindle I can't even use it as a doorstop.
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