Jilly Cooper

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book | Fiction | 2010
World → Bantam Books
The UK number one bestseller!

Etta Bancroft - sweet, kind, beautiful - adores racing and harbours a crush on one of its stars, the handsome high-handed owner-trainer Rupert Campbell-Black. When her bullying husband dies, Etta's selfish children drag her from her lovely Dorset house to live in a hideous modern bungalow in the Cotswold village of Willowwood.

One night Etta finds a horribly mutilated filly in the snow in the nearby woods. Miraculously she recovers and, by now called Mrs Wilkinson, captivates everyone in the village. DNA tests reveal her to be a spectacularly well-bred racehorse. Etta forms a village syndicate to put the filly into training, and Mrs Wilkinson becomes a star, ridden by Rupert s delectable god-daughter Amber. Then Mrs Wilkinson is entered for the Grand National. Can she be the first mare in more than fifty years, and Amber the first woman ever, to conquer this mighty race?

In Jump! we meet rich capricious owners, obsessive trainers and gallant stable lads and lasses; tough, jockeys, brave horses, and above all Mrs Wilkinson herself - hilarious, heroic and so gutsy she will gallop into our hearts forever.

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Katie McGowan manages the translation rights for Jump!



Jilly Cooper honoured for 'services to horseracing
From the Cheltenham Gold Cup to the Grand National, horseracing trophies pepper the pages of Jilly Cooper's latest romp. Now, the bestselling author has been awarded a cup of her own for "services to the social side of racing". Alison Flood
The Guardian
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Why I love Jilly Cooper
Jump!, the latest novel from Jilly Cooper, is, for at least one fan, another glorious romp full of horses, drunken heroines and villainous men. Jess Cartner-Morley
The Guardian
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Jump! is the perfect read for chilly autumn nights. Hugely entertaining, touching and funny, yet again Cooper has a winner.
Daily Express

The narrative zips along, pierced with her characteristically brilliant ear for dialogue and empathy for human relationships of all kinds...You won't be able to put it down once you get going.
Daily Mail

Unrivalled joy

Near-magical ability to conjure up a world and populate it with people for whom you feel a deep affection.
The Observer

A classic romp through the world of horse racing. Guilty pleasures rarely come as delicious as this.

Jilly has given more pleasure to more girls and women than anyone else alive today...Cooper's familiar warmth and irrepressible humour.

A magnificent portrayal of how a beautiful young girl might become the first woman ever to win the Grand National. - The Spectator Classic Cooper: either the perfect beach read or else something to curl up on the sofa with to keep out the encroaching autumn chill.
Sunday Express

She is sharp, funny and touching – and knows how to work a winning formula.

Just the thing for a wet winter weekend.
The Independent

To read one of Cooper’s books is to escape into an alternative universe in which all is right with the world.
The Guardian

Jilly’s descriptions of the glorious Cotswold countryside are some of the most lyrical ever written and her comedies of manners rival Nancy Mitford, if not Jane Austen.
The Daily Mail