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Wicked! [Paperback]

Jilly Cooper OBE
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Book Description

7 May 2007

At Bagley Hall, a notoriously wild, but increasingly academic, independent, crammed with the children of the famous, trouble is afoot. The ambitious and fatally attractive headmaster, Hengist Brett-Taylor, hatches a plan to share the facilities of his school with Larkminster Comprehensive - known locally, as 'Larks'. His reasons for doing so are purely financial, but he is encouraged by the opportunities the scheme gives him for frequent meetings with Janna Curtis, the dynamic new head of Larks, who has been drafted in to save what is a fast-sinking school from closure. Janna is young, pretty, enthusiastic and vastly brave - and she will do anything to rescue her demoralised, run-down and cash-strapped school.

Neither parents nor staff of either school are too keen on this radical move, although some can see the possible financial advantages. For the students, however, it offers great opportunities to get up to even more mayhem than usual.

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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: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,827 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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic-A Return to Form for Jilly! 14 May 2006
By R. Bell
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! 25 Aug 2008
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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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooper back on form! 10 May 2006
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Distasteful? Nah...I loved it! 26 May 2007
By LittleReader VINE VOICE
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked or not so Wicked! 2 Jun 2006
By Coco
I am a massive Jilly Cooper fan and in my eyes she can do no wrong, But.... Wicked just didn't hit the spot for me.

I agree with the other reviewers that it is difficult to enjoy the story when its largely about 12 - 13 year olds having sex, its just not fun to read even if it is true of today.

From another side I lent it to my 15 year old cousin who is not into reading and she loved it. She is now making her way through the Rutshire Chronicles, while Wicked is now working its was through her friends.

Perhaps to really love this book you need to still be at School!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked! 10 May 2006
I have just finished reading Wicked, which is classic Jilly Cooper! Great characters, and as always, amusingly written and absorbing. Feel bereft now that I've finished it. Am looking forward to the next book!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Just finished reading this book and I really enjoyed it. I have a been a long time fan of Jilly Cooper's books (I started with Rivals when I was fifteen - a book I highly recommend). The main characters are very human - sometimes entirely likeable and at other times seriously misguided. I adore the witty, sarcastic characters with seriously racy lifestyles! What I like best about this novel is Cooper's ability to build a whole society and large cast of characters and hang them all together. If you are a fan of Cooper's earlier books you will enjoy Wicked!. If you have not read this authors previous books, stick with it - the story is well worth the effort.

On a personal note as someone working in the education field, I appreciated the very true to life teaching staff (both the good and bad!) in the book and in particular a teacher who was constantly being corrected on their grammar - its the bane of my existence as you can probably see from this review....
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5.0 out of 5 stars so many stories rolled into one
A truly gripping tale that keeps you reading on. Sad to see it come to an end. Very enjoyable read
Published 19 days ago by Simon Otter
5.0 out of 5 stars More please!
Another brilliant story from Jilly Cooper. Loved this the most though. Really good - hope she writes a follow up.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
I admit I am a Jilly Cooper novice, having avoided her books for many years. I picked up 'Wicked' at a car boot sale and tried to have an open mind when I started to tackle the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by susanne turner
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Enjoyed the book some laughs as usual from writer without being daft or silly cracking read will read again holiday
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Jennifer Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect escapism. I found it better on second reading.
Published 4 months ago by DOTTIE VEN
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite entertaining but a bit creepy
I love a bit of Jilly but I think this book went too far down the road of trying to appeal to a modern audience, and all the scenes between young teenagers were unconvincingly and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by a keen reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Jilly takes on the education system
A variation on her usual theme with the introduction of Larks Comp. All the favourites are in the book plus we meet some new ones. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Well titled
Clever, exciting and a page turner. When I finished it I went back and read it through again. I couldn't bear to leave it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wendy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as usual
Although on the whole I enjoyed this, I found it much to sexual with regards to children, while I have always enjoyed Jillys romps before I was left feeling really uncomfortable... Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Magowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
As always a great amusing read. One of her best. Love all her books. Great characters that get you hooked
Published 12 months ago by kimberley e mitchell
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