Jilly Cooper is a journalist, author and media superstar. The author of many number one bestselling was appointed OBE in for services to. The Rutshire Chronicles is the name given to a series of romantic novels by Jilly Cooper. Riders (); Rivals (; also known as Players); Polo (); The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous (); Appassionata (); Score! (). Rivals is a novel by the English author Jilly Cooper. It is the second of the Rutshire Chronicles, a series of books set in the fictional English county of Rutshire.

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I’m not really a fan of “chick-lit” but Rivals had some truly hilarious moments in it.

A romp through the trials of bidding for a tv network which is fantastically written. As a rival group emerges to pitch for the franchise, reputations ripen and decline, true love blossoms and burns, marriages are made and shattered, and sex raises its delicious head at almost every throw as, in bed and boardroom, the race is on to capture the Cotswold Crown.

I started reading these in my late teens and still read them now I still enjoyed all the bed hopping, the punchable ‘caring’ characters, the affected accents of the social-climbing wannabes, the bed hopping, the gossip, the bitching, the backstabbing, the bed hopping, the experimental teens, the drink-addled midlife crises, the shrieking egomaniacs, the bed hopping and the downright silliness, but I’m older and more world-weary these days and marathon romps wear me out ;-p 5 perfect bonkbusting stars from my teens; 4 nostalgically fun, Rupert and Taggie loving, slightly exhausted stars from now.


The Rutshire Chronicles by Jilly Cooper. She is most famous for writing the Rutshire Chronicles.

Jilly Cooper

Her books are, to use the English expression, “a lark “, filled with high comedy, pretentious snobs, salt of the earth types, love stories, romps, successes and rightful devastation of the villains in the plot. You cannot go wrong with a Jilly Cooper during your summer holidays and Rivals is no exception to that rule. So finally I read the Rupert and Taggie love story – not quite how I expected it to come about. I am already looking forward coper read Book 3 in the series Polo and can’t wait to see how it continues for Rupert and hopefully I’ll also meet some of the other characters again.

This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Yes, all the characters are OTT, but completely loveable somehow even the ‘nasty’ ones. Although she only has a cameo appearance, American Helen is read as English whereas Gloucestershire jully Wesley is occasionally American.

The resulting audiobook doesn’t quite manage to remove the inherent charms of the text, but it takes a good stab at it. Anyways, a great read and one I definitely recommend!

Woods, hills, fields, pastures and rivers feature frequently. The brooding hero, gypsy Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands the most difficult horse or woman becomes biddable, is driven to the top by his loathing of the beautiful bounder and darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black. Why, they form their own consortium to pitch for the TV franchise, of course!

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December Learn how and when to remove this template message. His overlooks a valley called the Frogsmore. It’s also a favorite because it was my first JC and also wickedly hilarious. Preview — Rivals by Jilly Cooper.


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The thrilling world of show jumping is completely abandoned, favourite characters from Riders barely even get a mention Fen, Tory, etc Her novel Pandora is not one of the Rutshire Chronicles, but does feature a few characters from the series, and is very similar in style and content. Retrieved 18 January 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.

Set in the world of television it heaves with strong, handsome,talented men and glamorous, intelligent women. WHo can beat Rupert and Taggie????

And of course Rupert and Taggie – that says it all. I loved this book so much there are no words! There are so many other characters, some with bigger, some with smaller parts, but I felt that I really got coopee know all of them really well and felt I was almost part of their little world at the end and would really like to know how it continues.

The plot is strong and carries the book and the prose is tight and very witty. For the most part, Riders and Rivals fills the bill. But fear not, Rupert Campbell-Black is back and his story continues.

Into the cut-throat world of Corinium television comes Declan O’Hara, a mega-star of great glamour and integrity with a radiant feckless wife, a handsome son and two ravishing teenage daughters.