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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; 1st Paperback Printing edition (7 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552151564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552151566
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,908 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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"Simply enjoy the wicked pleasures Cooper does so well" (The Observer)

"My reading of Jilly Cooper's Wicked! was not guiltily pleasurable - it was just pleasurable... a brilliantly refreshing read" (Polly Vernon Observer)

"The perfect beach companion" (Daily Mail)

"A great summer read" (Daily Express)

"The perfect summer read... with Cooper's trademark puns, a massive cast and lots of sex - it's a winner" (Daily Express)

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Two schools - both in leafy Larkshire, but worlds apart. The incomparable Jilly Cooper turns her brilliant pen to the explosive world of education.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Fowler on 25 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
I eagerly read this novel as an avid Jilly Cooper fan, but I have to admit this novel really disappointed me. What drew me to her earlier and best novels, notably Riders, Rivals, and Polo was her ability to create an entire world to absorb yourself in - incredibly wild but at the same time believable - and characters you'd love and hate in equal measures at the same time, along with plentiful helpings of raunchy sex scenes and agonising love stories.

Wicked just doesn't live up to these books. I found the story relatively tedious, and most of the characters, particularly the protagonist Janna, quite irritatings, without being loveable at the same time. It felt at times that it was verging on paedophilic, with the sex scenes described about children as young as 12. Additionally to that, it was just simply unrealistic. I couldn't believe in half the characters, which greatly reduced my enjoyment of it.

In summary, it is perfectly readable as any JC is, but I personally think it tries too hard to live up to its predecessors, and in doing so, crosses the line into the ridiculous.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LittleReader VINE VOICE on 26 May 2007
Format: Paperback
JC manages to hit the high notes once again with 'Wicked'; packed with controversy and witty one liners, I enjoyed every twist and turn. It did feel ever so slightly wrong reading about pupils sleeping with teachers but it's written in such a funny, lighthearted way that I managed to forget it was bordering on tasteless. Also, I was more than a little peeved that as far as I can recall there wasn't one remotely attractive teacher when I was at school, never mind a handful! I can see how the content may offend the faint hearted but surely this is JC's trademark style and I, for one, would expect nothing less - Frankly, you just dont sail through 1000 pages of a story unless the writing is brilliant. And it is. A fantastic romp of a read that will keep you thoroughly entertained on the beach or in the garden with a glass of Pimms...It certainly lives up to it's title!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. Bell on 14 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished Wicked and feel like I have lost a close relative! The past few years books have been a bit average-Appassionata and Score e.t.c but Polo, Riders and Rivals are the best. For me this book was in the same league as them unputdownable, funny and well written-of course starring all the old favourites such as Rupert CB, and we get to see how Rannaldini's son has turned out, which is what made me pick it up to start with. I would reccommend it to any Jilly Cooper fan. Very exciting hope she does another like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE on 5 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a jolly good read as long as you are open-minded. Don't be fooled into thinking it's just a hearty romp; it is, but pretty strong in parts.

Jilly Cooper tells a modern story in a classic way, that is, with the scope of a Victorian novel.

The story of two schools, state and private, struggling in the early twenty-first century could be a real bore, but the vast array of characters and fairly epic sweep of narrative prevents this.

Janna is a flawed woman: she is opinionated and has a short fuse, and she makes some really bad decisions when it comes to men. Affairs with two married man and an encounter with a deeply dodgy property developer make the reader long for her to get it right. She loves her failing school and is brilliant with her students and this aspect of her character is heartwarming - always good for a leading character.

The male characters, especially Hengist and Rupert, are not nearly as sympathetic. Likeable, yes, but majorly flawed: old hewn Tory males with glaring faults and a saving grace of humour. This is where Jilly Cooper is so good: she can make us accept with verve characters who behave in some very unacceptable ways.

The children are fabulous creations, especially Feral, Paris and Pearl. Pearl is an absolute gem (pun intended) with her talent for hair and makeup and her terribly damaged personality; she is a joy to read about.

There are some really "icky" aspects to this novel: underage sex and paedophilia to name but two. I have a very ambivalent attitude to Jilly Cooper when she strays into this kind of territory and she frequently infuriates me by the cavalier attitude she seems to put across. I can be very dubious about her apparent flippancy.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on 10 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
Now, I'll make no bones about it: I'll read any Jilly Cooper that comes my way. I'm like a junkie needing a fix. However, despite enjoying 'Score' and 'Pandora', they didn't have quite the effect that their predecessors did, particularly my all-time fave 'Polo'.

Good god, I wondered - am I now that junkie for whom no high is great enough?? But then I got a hit of 'Wicked', which I so enjoyed from start to finish that I actually felt bereft when I had finished racing through it. Welcome back Rupert - plus a great new heroine, a hunk in shorts, some seriously stroppy teens, some very very daft puns, and a whole raft of loveable supporting characters who feel like pals by the end of the book!

It's not as perfect as 'Polo', and Rupert's getting on a bit now (though still the most ravishing man in literature), and I'd still like to see her go back to the equine world, but 'Wicked' is definitely the best thing I've read for a long long time.

So I say - "Go Coop!" and bring on the next one!!!
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