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Riders [Paperback]

Jilly Cooper
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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May 1986
This steamy book blows the lid off international show jumping, a sport where the brave horses are almost human, and the humans behave like animals.

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  • Paperback: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345333322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345333322
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,502,968 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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"Sex and horses: who could ask for more?" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Blockbusting fiction at its best" (Mail on Sunday)

"I defy anyone not to enjoy her book. It is a delight from start to finish" (Auberon Waugh Daily Mail)

"It's all here: swooning romance, skulduggery in the stables and, yes, bonking; all set in the Cotswold countryside. Tally ho!" (Elle) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The first of the glorious Rutshire Chronicles --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
If you have never read a Jilly Cooper book before - make this your first and you are guaranteed to be hooked for life - I promise. The research that goes into her novels defies belief which is why when I pick up one of her books I know it is going to a good one and not only an immensely enjoyable read but also I can guarantee I will finish the book having learnt something new on the way.
In Riders, the key storyline is around the world of show jumping and three loveable characters Rupert Campbell-Black, Billy Lloyd Fox and Jake Lovell, you will fall in love all of of them but for completely different reasons Rupert for his being a loveable rogue and Billy for his being a loveable teddy bear and Jake for his mystic charms and misfortune.
Jilly takes us into their world, capivates us totally with their antics, achievements, scullduggery, highs and lows and makes you become totally involved! If only.....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite book! 5 April 2000
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My Mom bought me this book on a trip to England back in the mid-1980's when it was published. All she knew was that it was "horsey", and I was a horse-crazy teen. I have thanked her ever since for bringing Jilly Cooper into my life! Perhaps because it was the first, "Riders" is still my favorite, although I love her subsequent tales as well -- even the non-"horsey" ones. The characters are so well-developed, that there are so many people to love and hate -- and hate to love! Rupert should not be a sympathetic character, yet who doesn't root for him in the final Olympic test of his heart and strength? Jake is moody, broody, and takes Tory for granted -- yet OF COURSE you want things to wind up well for him. And even though Fen takes a detour into bratty self-obsession, you have to hope that she and Dino will get it together in the end. I go back and re-read this book every year or two, and EVERY TIME I hate to put it down, and I'm depressed when I reach the end. I hope Jilly Cooper continues writing about the antics of these fabulous characters. I'd hate to think "Score" was her last tale about this group! There are so many stories left to tell. Read this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slyly-funny, good-natured read 16 Jun 2010
Well, this is certainly no Pride and Prejudice! This is Cooper's debut book; a naughty romp through the elite world of show-jumping from local shows to the very top of the sport - the World Championships and the Olympics. Our main characters are Jake Lovell, a Gypsy underdog, and the first showing of Rupert Campbell-Black (who will appear in future books by Jilly Cooper), the good-looking rogue of the horsy set who jumps in and out of beds with no thought to the consequences.

There are masses of other characters that people the pages of this huge tome. Despite this, they are characterised simply and well, with distinctive traits and values. Unfortunately, it is hard to be sure who to root for! In the beginning we are firmly behind Jake - his tough start in the sport, his sympathetic treatment of horses, and his courageous win of the World Championship in the face of almost-impossible odds ensure that we feel certain he is the hero of the piece. We cheer when he finds Macauley, a horse that Rupert mistreats, and then uses this horse to beat Rupert in the Championship. We adore his family of Tory and Fen and his two adorable children. However, key events in the book lead us to firmly throw our weight behind Rupert - despite all his many, many faults. We find the behaviour of Jake and Helen - Rupert's wife - abominable.

My least favourite character is definitely Helen. I dislike her mismanagement of Rupert, her neurosis, her brittle perfection, her inability to stand up for herself. I think she is weak and end up believing she deserves everything she gets! I love Billy - he is one of the few characters who, despite flaws, is consistently a person to have sympathy for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woweeee 1 Aug 2001
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Well what can I say apart from 'wowee!' ! I have read this book six times now and I could easily read it another six ! It is my most treasured possesion ! Rupert Campbell Black REEKS sex but not as much as his rival Jake Lovell whos dark gypsy ways evelope him in mystery and intruige....hmmm. Perfect book for lying on a beach with, or snuggling on the sofa to pour over the pages. This book should have a health warning as it is heavily addictive!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Fantastic Read 27 Aug 2003
I admit that although the book starts off a little slow it is very compelling. I am in the showjumping field myself which makes the book very appealing to me! Cooper has really brought the showjumping world to life through her vivid descriptions and fantasticly developed characters. The book moves from local shows right up to the L.A Olympics and is non stop action right to the end.
The most interesting part for me is the way that Cooper has developed her characters so that they still suprise us and we go from liking them to loathing them in just a few chapters, it's amazingly clever!
Overall i think this book is definately worth a read especially if you are interested in horses but if you're just looking for another fantastic Jilly Cooper novel and then you've found it!
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