Rivals Paperback – 3 Apr 1989
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Another fabulous book! Jilly Cooper does it again, once again I couldn't put this book down. I love getting lost in this world, if only I could move to Penscombe! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Foxy Lady
Just read again after all these years since it first came out, yes some of it is obviously very dated but still a good read, got it after listening to Riders on audio, which I also... Read morePublished 2 months ago
Usual wit and great vocabulary. Not enough horse jargon or contentPublished 2 months ago by MARY KAYE
Just loved can't wait to read the next book, I'm so involved with all the characters, and it's so nice to follow on with the story. I would recommend this book to all.Published 4 months ago by Jeanine frost