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Rivals Paperback – 3 Apr 1989

4.6 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books; New edition edition (3 April 1989)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0552132640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552132640
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 3.7 x 10.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,244,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A combination of drama, sex and good social comedy...unputdownable"-"Sunday Times" "It is satisfyingly long, addictive, bitchy, endearing and full of sex and hilarious one-liners"-"Books" "All the behind-the-scenes detail of tough wheeler-dealing in the media world is both fascinating and horrifyingly convincing"-"Options" "I couldn't put it down"-"Sunday Express"

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

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Format: Paperback
The wives are both beautiful and rich, the men are both powerful, gorgeous,full of humour and sheer sex appeal and mistresses exude pure sex. Rivals will leave you panting for more as you follow the adventures of the beautiful and the powerful. Rivals concetrates on the Hardwork, Powerful influences and trouser dropping behind the scenes of television.Relationships (quick romps) are a common event and at least a couple or the characters in Rivals are in fact Common Property.
No matter how much trouble Rupert Campbell Black (Minister of Sport)gets into, bedding the wives of Gloucester, you just can't help but loving him to death and desperatly shouting at the pages for hime to get it together with Taggie.
You will laugh until you cry, scream, shout and call Tony Baddingham every name under the sun. It may sound a bit of a cliche but Rivals is one book you won't be able to put down.
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I decided to revisit this book after many years and was so glad I did. It is Jilly Cooper at her very best. Rupert Campbell-Black is back and this time you really get to fall in love with him, even though he never loses his rogue appeal. Now he has given up riding and is Minister for Sport, but after crossing paths with TV star Declan O'Hara the two form an unlikely friendship. The book is centred around the fight for an ITV franchise with Rupert, Declan and their pals on one side, and the truly hideous Tony Baddingham and his equally vile employee James Vereker on the other. This book can only be described as a romp from the first page until the last, and through it all we see Rupert trying not to fall in love with the lovely Taggie O'Hara, and vice versa. Rivals is full of hugely entertaining characters, my favourite being Freddie, a multi-millionaire with a heart of gold. Of course it is slightly dated (Rupert talks about football players being paid £100,000 a year) and you can marvel at how people got things done before the internet - travelling up and down the country and giving out bumper stickers seems like hard work these days when starting a campaign! Jilly's finest hour - and there have been a few contenders.......
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I was obsessed with this book as a teenager...but recently so many of JC's novels have been awful I'd pretty much given up on her. Feeling bored recently, I bought Rivals for 50p in a secondhand shop fully expecting to have out-grown it (it's about 20 years since I last read it), but I thought I'd re-visit it for nostalgia purposes. And, oh my, I fell in love with it all over again :-) It hasn't dated at all, the characters are just as fun and involving as I remembered and the Rupert and Taggie story still had me all misty eyed at the end.

I really think that this is JC's best book, followed by Riders then Polo....everything following them has been excreble, in my humble opinion. I utterly (as Jilly would say) detest "chick-lit" as a rule, but these three books are special with Rivals being a truly outstanding example of it's genre.

Two things that bug me though....."Bush"?? You know what I mean. And ".....screamed so and so". Screamed? Really? That jarred much more than all the "terribly"s & "frightfully"s.

But to all of you who came to JC with Score! Wicked & Jump! etc, PLEASE go and read the first three, they are vastly superior.
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In some ways this is very much more of the same from Jilly Cooper as Riders, but in general Cooper has tightened up her act. The writing is more snappy and less rambling, the characters seem more vivid and certain of them are far more likeable then in her first book.

The plot this time involves a large franchise battle between Corinium - the incumbent television company, led by Tony Baddingham - and Venturer, formed by a number of larger than life characters who have had various run-ins with Tony and wish to see his downfall.

As well as being reintroduced to Rupert Campbell-Black - who is far more loveable rogue this time than unprincipled bastard - we also meet the O'Hara family, including the divine Taggie who is destined to play a huge part in Rupert's life. Taggie is one of my very favourite characters of Cooper's and her union with Rupert is sweet and genuine.

As mentioned, Cooper's plot is less convoluted. Here there is the definite focus of the franchise battle, which drives the plot forward. There are innumerable cases of bed-hopping and wife swapping as each consortium attempts to plunge the other into controversy before the big meeting with the IBA.

Of course, there is a naughty fairytale element to the story - nice things happen to nice people(Taggie and Rupert) ; those who are conflicted and difficult learn how to become better people (Cameron Cook); while the bad guys are ousted (Tony). There is one person who is irredeemable in my eyes, and this is Maud O'Hara - she is selfish and shows both lack of judgement and bitter jealousy.
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This is a fantastic book with real life characters - some of them unloveable but lots of them very lovable. There are multiple issues, scenes and situations which develop in fascinating fashion. Its a very good read for any human being!
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