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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Declan needs only a few days at Corinium to rivaals that the Managing Director, Lord Baddingham, is a crook who has recruited him merely to help retain the franchise for Corinium. It was the first Jilly Cooper I ever read and although I’ve read them all since it remains my favourite. Bastard bad boy Rupert from Riders is finally tamed by the young, shy, quivering, dependable, adorable Taggie, and true to my old memories, their romance is oh so sweet.

Finally, Cooper has the tendency to use words such as ‘screamed’ and ‘yelled’ in terms of conversations, which becomes jarring rifals a while. When Tony goes too far one day, Declan walks out.

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She was, she says, “devastated”, and it took her more than a decade to start it again. Declan needs only a few days at Coriniu 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.

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Jllly, turns out she’s happily married and that’s about it. India KnightVirago,a collection of favourite “dirty bits” from novels Knight read as a teenager.

Everyone lusts for each other, there is back-stabbing, affairs and counter-affairs en masse. Nov 23, Peggy rated it it was amazing. The only one who is not horrible in some way is sweet, misunderstood Taggie, whom everyone takes advantage of. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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I re-read it in the autumn when I’m tired and starting to feel cold and it never fails to cheer me up. Sadly I have to put the re-read on hold for a while due to extreme review reading but I will no doubt be back to them soon when I shall enter the world of Perdita and Polo once more. Production began on 17 Septemberin London.

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This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat She also draws on her love of animals: What I did enjoy was how the author was able to set up some truly awkward situations that I thought were funny and humorous.

Continuing my re-romps through the works of bonkbuster queen Jilly Cooper, Rivals was second only to Polo back in my teens. Her break came with a chance meeting at a dinner party. Return to Book Page. The only slight dissapointment is the lack of references to horses and show jumping compared to Riders.

On top of that, the story is often unbelievable, there are far too many characters, a lot of the attempts to write vernacular dialogue are cringe-inducingly bad, and the frequent puns and jilpy seem clunky. I riavls this book so much there are no words! Lists with This Tivals. It’s very educational though. Highly recommended if you’re younger than twenty.

However, regardless of the title, a terrible book. After reading some heavy duty jully fiction novels, I wanted something on the lighter side and the two books filled the bill. The previous book in the series “Riders” was even longer – over pages – but I did not want it to end. They are linked by several recurring characterschiefly Rupert Campbell-Blackand are set in the fictional English county of Rutshire, not to be confused with the real English county of Rutland.

Of course, Rupert was the arch-villain in “Riders” and in “Rivals” he’s made to appear quite nice. As a rival group emerges to givals 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Btw, this is one of the few times I don’t mind ‘rake redeemed by the love of a good woman’ set-up because it’s pretty clear that due to his lack of upbringing and personality, the guy needs a very sweet rivsls loving domestic Madonna on a pedestal type of significant other. The perfect pick me up reads.

I will always like the horsey books better, but this is still an excellent story. The theme of class dominates much of her writing and her non-fiction including Class itself which is written from an explicitly upper middle-class British perspective, with emphasis on the relationships between men and women, and matters of social class in contemporary Britain.

View all 3 comments. The narration is appalling. Declan o’Hara, host of the BBC’s most popular talkshow, has left town to work jillly Tony’s TV company after one of his wife Maude’s affairs got out of hand.

This led to a column in which Cooper wrote about marriage, sex and housework. 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.

The first of these was Ridersan international bestseller, and the first volume of Rutshire Chronicles. That column ran from towhen she moved to The Mail on Sundaywhere she worked for another five years.

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The women are too weepy at times and the men to much of being bastards. Despite all this, I did continue to read the rutshire chronicles books, growing increasingly frustrated with them over time.

And of course Rupert and Taggie – that says it all. There is the usual humour, bed swapping antics rivasl great ending that I love Cooper’s novels for.

Riders, Polo and Rivals are my favourite from the chronicles.