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Jump! [Hardcover]

Jilly Cooper
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16 Sep 2010

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

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. When her bullying husband dies, Etta's selfish, ambitious children drag her from her lovely Dorset home to live in a hideous modern bungalow in the Cotswold village of Willowwood.

Etta's life changes when, in the snow in nearby woods, she finds a horribly mutilated filly, which she names Mrs Wilkinson and nurses back to health. The filly charms everyone in the village, then tests reveal her to be a spectacularly well-bred racehorse. After a nail-biting court case, she is awarded to Etta, thus ensuring the lasting and vengeful enmity of her former trainer and owner. A village syndicate is formed to put the filly into training, consisting of a riotous mix of local characters, who set off to the races in a minibus clanking with bottles. Ridden by Rupert's delectable god-daughter, Amber, Mrs Wilkinson captivates vast crowds as she progresses from point-to-point to major races and brings fame and fortune to the syndicate, until, at last, she is entered in the Grand National.

Can she be the first mare in over fifty years, and Amber the first woman ever, to win this mighty race?

In Jump! you will meet rich, capricious owners, obsessive trainers, gallant stable lads and lasses and tough, brave jockeys; you will fall in love with the horses, and above all with Mrs Wilkinson herself - hilarious, heroic and gutsy, she will gallop into your heart forever.

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  • Hardcover: 739 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st edition (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593061535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593061534
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,898 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but disappointing 26 July 2011
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly disappointing - don't waste your money 19 Feb 2012
This book was utter rubbish. Predictable from the start with a long winded middle and a corny ending, too many characters, and could have been written in 100 pages max rather than the actual time-wasting 907 pages. I kept reading it thinking it really could only get better...but sadly it didn't. Needless to say that it was my first and last Jilly Cooper book. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR YOUR MONEY!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars jump 11 April 2011
Now I thought I was buying a new Jilly Cooper but somehow every character and animal has been resurrected from previous books and unfortunately their reincarnation has left them mere shadows of their previous existence. It is a lazy book where I suspect the computer has been used as an editor finding old sentences and characters to be used and cut and pasted into this parody of her early excellent works. Example suddenly Etta has her grandchildren running round picking up fallen leaves, methinks Taggie must have texted her how to get on the right side of surly kids. If the word Ouvre had been used just once more I think I would have ouvred it up my dyson. Angel the Argentinian was now a pakistani terrorist but strangely he sounded just the same and of course there is always the poor fat kind girl who eventually finds love but only after she has gone through such despair she has lost three stone and is now in an acceptable shape to be loved. And do not even get me on to Etta she did not endear herself to the reader and in fact is the biggest wimp who does not seem to have had any influence on anyone in 65 years of being on this earth but suddenly is affecting everyone and changing lives here there and everywhwere. I could go on and on naming every characters previous alias and copycat situation but why deny you the fun? Suffice to say the conclusion of the book is ludicrous and although I know it is sold as a work of fiction you can go too far .
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1.0 out of 5 stars oh dear
Having loved Jilly Cooper in the past I was so disappointed with this book. Full of silly plot lines, 2-dimensional characters and unfeasible romantic pairings, the author seems to... Read more
Published 26 days ago by M. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Spectacular Novel from a great writer
Yet again Jilly manages to bring together a glorious mix of old and new characters all of whom are full of life, the pages come alive with vivid descriptions and carefully studied... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Whittington
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb !!
Made me laugh... and made me cry. Well done Jilly, another one I couldn't put down. Roll on the next.
Published 2 months ago by Tony Barker
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many characters and too long in general
I've loved Jilly Cooper books in the past so was disappointed with this one. There were just so many characters that I found it very hard to remember who they all were and who... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne Ellard
5.0 out of 5 stars Jilly Cooper never fails to give an enjoyable read.
I have loved every book written by Jilly Cooper, especially these novels. I 've felt like I've known all the characters personally.
This book has aroused every emotion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by FranP
1.0 out of 5 stars Can the Queen revoke an OBE?
Jump! was the first Jilly Cooper book I've read. I expected it to be excellent literature, considering Jilly Cooper was awarded the OBE. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carlos
2.0 out of 5 stars Really weak novel. Poorly paced.
This is by far the weakest Jilly Cooper I have read ( and I have always enjoyed her stuff in the past). Main criticism is that her main female character doesn't feel likeable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
Yet again a great read. Lots of old characters mentioned plus loads of new ones to learn all about.

Can't wait for her next one
Published 8 months ago by kimberley e mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Jump!
Another classic Cooper. Sweet, heart warming, sexy - a real page-turner. Perfect holiday read. I can't wait for her next book.
Published 8 months ago by LME
5.0 out of 5 stars great seller

love the series

Thank you
Published 8 months ago by Janice McCaw
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