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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New to Rutshire is Declan O’Hara, an Ricals talk show host with a gloriously shambolic wife rifals three teenage kids. The O’Hara’s jily such a loveable family, and I am not irritated by Taggie at all as I usually would be by such a soft and submissive character! I love this book.

Though she is deeply flirtatious and has – by rivalls own admission – slept with many men, she has never found happiness with any of them. New to Rutshire is Declan O’Hara, an Irish talk show host with a gloriously shambolic wife and three teen Following on a few years from where Riders leaves off, Rivals throws us back into the saddle see what I did there rivqls Rutshire, where Rupert Campbell-Black is now Tory of course Minister for Sport.

I found it hard to put the book down once I had picked it up. If you enjoy broad satire, have a bit of a clue about the British class system and are open to novels that lead you on goose trails with hijinks and shenanigans all the way to a neatly and delightful ending, you can’t do better than Jilly Cooper. Sure, lots of people are falling into bed with lots of other people, but the writing surrounding those episodes is at best un-erotic and at worst positively risible.

Taggie’s story is probably my favourite, although she is a bit too good to be true in places. View all 3 comments.


Jilly Cooper: Rivals and Riders

Ruvals page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Because the transition from showjumping to television production is the natural course of events. Things can only look better when love is declared around. This was my best read by Jilly Cooper.

Paraphrasing, here, because I don’t have the book in front of me, but one particularly cringe-making description was something like “With him inside her, she felt like a lock that contained the Queen Nilly 2.

Rupert was never faithful to his first wife, Helen, even when he though he was in love with her. But when Jeremy invites Welsh firebrand Gareth Llewellyn along for the ride, Octavia finds her plans disrupted in more ways than one. An 80’s corporate soap opera that’s very dated. There are dozens of characters, they all appear to be sleeping together in different constellations and occasionally it’s quite difficult to keep them apart.

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 cooprr Perdita and Polo once more. There is the usual humour, bed swapping antics and great ending that I love Cooper’s novels for.

Bastard bad boy Rupert from Riders is finally tamed by the young, shy, quivering, dependable, adorable Taggie, and true to my old memor Original thoughts: If jillj could have redeemed Rupert it’s her. I do hope there are few more Bonkbusters to come Retrieved from ” https: Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books.

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He bordered on the unpleasant in the first book, but here, he mellows out a lot though I’ve always loved him I have to say! In more recent years, her Rutshire Chronicles have come under fire for dated and problematic portrayals of race, homosexuality, gender roles and sexual consent. Other than Rupert, none of the characters from “Riders” make much of an appearance. Apr 08, Karen rated it it was amazing. She also draws on her love of animals: So what do a load of posho showjumping types do when faced with such dastardly deeds?


I actually loved this book for many reasons, some of which being: Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Living rather too closely across the valley is Rupert Ruvals, divorced and as dissolute as ever, and now the Tory Minister for Sport.

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.

One of the franchise members is Rupert, long divorced, retired from show-jumping rrivals a Tory Minister for Sport. Utterly compulsive reading and so entertaining, I adored the entire cast of characters and the great rivalries set up so perfectly by Cooper.

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I gave this 5 star purely for nostaglic reasons! Coo;er I did enjoy was how the author was able to set up some truly awkward situations that I thought were funny and humorous.

The previous book in the series “Riders” was even longer – over pages – but I did not want it to end. The bonkbuster that popped my Jilly Cooper cherry and therefore my favourite of all her Rutshire Chronicles.

The narration is appalling. The sleazy coiper would have rid me of any romantic illusions, or rather, delusions, and perhaps prevented me from learning the hard way.