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Polo Hardcover – 9 May 1991

4.5 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) (9 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593018362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593018361
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" "Polo" is the best thing she's every done" -Lynda Lee-Potter, "Daily Mail" " Compulsively readable and funny...the irrepressible Jilly remains irresistible" -Joseph Connolly, "The Times" " The world of smart women, handsome army officers, romantic school girls, lustful grooms, insecure wives... they have fire in their bellies (and generally in their groins too) and a massive appetite for life" -Nicholas Coleridge, "Sunday Times" "From the Paperback edition."

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One of the glorious Rutshire Chronicles --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 9 July 2002
Format: Paperback
Polo is definitely Jilly Cooper's best book and probably my favourite book I've ever read! The writing is fantastic and draws you in from start to finish and the characters are both fab and fanciable. It's also great that she ties up loose ends from other books such as Rupert and Taggie's wedding. I've read it countless times and every single time I just cannot put it down. Jilly, I salute you.
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As a lover of polo, I can tell you that Jilly Cooper has captured the polo scene so precisely, It had me mesmerised throughout the book. Polo players your secrets are out!
Wonderful storyline, familiar characters who you can picture so easily in your mind and incorporating new characters and some of the ravishing cast from her previous books, Riders and Rivals, including the loveable cad - Rubert Campbell Black. Nobody does it better than Jilly.
Jilly has a way of bringing all elements of life into her books, the fortunate, the less fortunate, the introverts, the extroverts, the good, the bad, the ugly and in this case the absolutely stunning.
To me this is her best book so far, once I finish it I have to start it again, as it provides complete escapism from daily life even if just for 15 minutes a day. It takes me off to a world which many of us dream about but few of us actually experience!
Indulge yourself into the world of wealth, lust and beauty. You will be disgusted with Perdita, fall in love with Luke, get hot and steamy over Red, want to join in with the Carlisle twins, cure all Ricky's hurt, kill Chessie and Bart and ultimately experience their world. Don't deny yourself any longer - buy this fantastic read now! You won't regret it and I guarantee it will provide you with a warm feeling or two...
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I first read Polo in 2001 after Riders and Rivals in which is a lot to live up to, but I'm pleased to say that with Polo Jilly didn't disappoint!
Polo is the only book that I have read over and over again and its now 2008 and I am reading it again and I still feel the same emotions all over again. One will fall in love, cry, get angry, and at times feel like hitting that bottle as well. All this and you still have RC-B and a few other beautiful characters added into the pot.

I would recommend every one of Jilly's books with out hesitation. I know I'll re-read all of them over and over again. But if there is one that leaves you with that feeling, for me it will always be Polo. This one comes highly recommended!
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This is my favourite book in the series, probably because it features a man who is genuinely appealing in a "boy-next-door" way, rather than being a selfish playboy. Having said that, there are plenty of selfish playboys in the background for those of you who like them. I knew nothing about the game of polo to start with but the book is structured in such a way that you come to understand the rules without it becoming too dry and educational. The plot unfolds over a period of several years, allowing us to see how characters develop in the face of various life-changing events, and real historical moments like the Falklands war and the 1987 hurricane play a believable part. In spite of some tearful moments, this is a "happy" book. It will probably bring a smile (and a few laughs!) to your face.
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I have to say I like Jilly Cooper and find most of her books very readable and enjoyable. In the last couple of years I've re-read "Riders" and "Rivals" both of which are excellent - particularly "Rivals" which has true "can't put it down" quality. I would suggest that if you want to try Jilly Cooper for the first time go with Rivals" and you'll be impressed.
Would that I could give the same praise to "Polo" but sadly that's not possible. First of all it paints a picture (and I know the book was written some time ago) of polo the sport being as big as Premier League football if not bigger - the players are huge stars pursued round the world by the tabloid press. Well I have to say in my world and I think most people's worlds polo has always been very much a small minority interest sport pursued by a select few rich people in which the population at large has no interest whatsoever. In other words when you read "Polo" you have to imagine yourself in some sort of alternative universe where polo matters and is the world's most important and newsworthy sport - not easy to do!
Moving on from that the book contains various endless descriptions of particular matches. How boring is that! I'm interested in football but I can't say I'd want to read a novel containing umpteen detailed descriptions of matches.
And then there's the characterisation....as others have said the principal female lead (Perdita) is so unlikeable she is a complete blot on the novel. She is wholly self centred and unpleasant and has no positive qualities at all so that doesn't help. Some of the other characterisation is frankly laughable - Angel the embittered Argentinian is a complete caricature with regular hilarious dialogue.
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Perdita is an utterly obnoxious girl whose only interest in life is ponies and who dotes on her moody employer Ricky, a divorcee who is totally obsssed with his beautiful ex wife. Perdita's gentle, sweet, mildly eccentric mother Daisy harbours a guilty secret - she doesn't know who Perdita's father is. Perdita is madly in love with Ricky for half the book then suddenly, for no particular reason, falls madly in live with someone else. Daisy puts up with Perdita's appalling rudeness because of her guilt over Perdita's origins. Daisy and Perdita both find True Live after several huundred rambling pages and the usual obligatory descriptions of sexual encounters. There are lots of descriptions of polo matches but I skipped these after a while, if you're not a huge polo fan one polo match is much like another.

I enjoyed Jilly Cooper's earlier book Riders because the rivalry between the two showjumpers made the story interesting, and I wanted to see who came out on top at the Olympics. Most of all though I enjoyed it because of the outrageously wicked and glamorous Ruper Campbell Black. Rupert reappears in this book, but alas he has been tamed by his love for the tiresomely perfect Tiggy, his new young wife, who is incredibly annoying and has no faults at all ("pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked" - Jane Austen). I kept hoping that Rupert was going to break out and become a cad again, but alas no, he remains tiresomely doting on the irritating Tiggy. A huge disappointment. A reformed rake is no fun at all.
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