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Jump! Hardcover – 16 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 739 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st edition (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593061535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593061534
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Jump! is the perfect read for chilly autumn nights. Hugely entertaining, touching and funny, yet again Cooper has a winner." (Daily Express)

"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 once you get going." (Daily Mail)

"Near-magical ability to conjure up a world and populate it with people for whom you feel a deep affection." (The Observer)

"A classic romp through the world of horse racing. Guilty pleasures rarely come as delicious as this." (ELLE, Oct 2010)

"Jilly has given more pleasure to more girls and women than anyone else alive today...Cooper's familiar warmth and irrepressible humour." (LADY)

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

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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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 By A Reader on 26 July 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tess Soane on 2 July 2014
Format: Paperback
Oh dear Jilly. I brought this to read on holiday, bit of light escapism and I ended up deeply depressed! The gang rape of a teenage girl, an entire yard of horses burnt alive, another horse tortured almost to death... We get it Jilly, life isn't all champagne and Rupert Campbell Black one liners but really if I wanted a dose of hard reality I'd have just read the newspapers by the pool.
As other reviewers have said she's just recycling the same old story lines and characters, albeit with different names and nationalities. The "delightful" Dora does a tedious stream of character introductions for the drippy leading lady Etta/Daisy France-Lynch in the early chapters and actually most of the development of the characters stops there making them impossible to care about. The endless list of punned nicknames (Direct Debbie, Mop Idol, Freebie...) made it even harder to follow who was who and muster the energy to care.
"So you must be the widow of Sampson Bancroft/Roberto Rannaldini/Season 1 Rupert? I am a ravishing teenager. Yes, ravishing. All the teenagers at my school are ravishing - Trixie/Perdita/Tabitha/Caitlin is especially ravishing and she is going to get gang raped shortly. Yes, gang raped! What larks! This is where Valent Edwards/George Hungerford/Detective Gablecross lives. He's surprisingly handsome in a rugged way but he's Northern you know so we must spell everything he says phonetically just so you can really understand how Northern he is. Yes, Northern, in a village of poshies, it's our nod to political correctness here in Willowood/Paradise/Every Other Faux Cotswolds Village. Oh yes! And we have a village pub. Run by a charming fat chav. We spell his dialogue phonetically too. Just to underline how jolly common and hard to understand he is.
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