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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 (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,364 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
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Neild on 17 Nov. 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Discerning of Yorkshire on 21 Dec. 2012
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I too adore Jilly Copper so it pains me to give her books anything less than five stars but this is the book that did it for me - sadly.
I could not abide Etta Bancroft either - I know she was married to a complete" illegitimate" but there are wet characters and then there are characters that are so drippy that they belong down the nearest drain - Etta , quite clearly in this book which lacked the multi-stranding of most of Jilly's books , was the main character . And that , for me , killed the book from the outset .
I ask myself " would Rupert C-B have put up with her ? And the answer is a resounding "no" - (nearest drain ?) Too wet to even make a challenge against her late husbands will from which she was excluded but his vile mistress benefitted from - Etta couldn't get wetter could she ? (Yep, she can)

Then we have the enormous cast of "love-ies" and locals . for which, it took me two readings to distinguish between . We have Etta's two appalling children - to have one appalling child is unfortunate, to have raised two looks like carelessness - but they are both utterly vile . In fact, Wet Etta has one nice son in law , Alan ,and a nice 15 year old grandchild in the shape of Trixie , no one Jilly, calls their girls Trixie these days , no one calls their pet poodle Trixie. It's these hangers on like Debbie and the Major, the gay Vicar , the undecided tree surgeon and the revolting cast of actors that for me, spoiled the book although the also padded it out too. Jilly is usually so good at her supporting cast but she seems to have missed her way with this lot . Not as well drawn as in other books,like "Score", this lot and their capers just bored me .
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