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  • Published: 16 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409083634
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 6 hr 55 min
  • Narrator: Samantha Bond
  • RRP: $19.99

Jump!




Jilly Cooper returns to horses in a fabulously entertaining romp through the world of jump racing

Jilly Cooper returns to horses in a fabulously entertaining romp through the world of jump racing.

Etta Bancroft - sweet, kind, still 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, ambitious children drag her from her lovely Dorset home to live in a hideous modern bungalow in the Cotswold village of Willowwood.

Etta's life changes when, in the snow in nearby woods, she finds a horribly mutilated filly, which she names Mrs Wilkinson and nurses back to health. The filly charms everyone in the village, then tests reveal her to be a spectacularly well-bred racehorse. After a nail-biting court case, she is awarded to Etta, thus ensuring the lasting and vengeful enmity of her former trainer and owner. A village syndicate is formed to put the filly into training, consisting of a riotous mix of local characters, who set off to the races in a minibus clanking with bottles. Ridden by Rupert's delectable god-daughter, Amber, Mrs Wilkinson captivates vast crowds as she progresses from point-to-point to major races and brings fame and fortune to the syndicate, until, at last, she is entered in the Grand National.

Can she be the first mare in over fifty years, and Amber the first woman ever, to win this mighty race?
In Jump! you will meet rich, capricious owners, obsessive trainers, gallant stable lads and lasses and tough, brave jockeys; you will fall in love with the horses, and above all with Mrs Wilkinson herself - hilarious, heroic and gutsy, she will gallop into your heart forever.

  • Published: 16 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409083634
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 6 hr 55 min
  • Narrator: Samantha Bond
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Jilly Cooper

Jilly Cooper is a journalist, author and media superstar. The author of many number one bestselling novels, she lives in Gloucestershire with her rescue racing greyhound, Bluebell.

She has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Gloucestershire and Anglia Ruskin, and won the inaugural Comedy Women in Print lifetime achievement award in 2019. She was appointed CBE in 2018 for services to literature and charity.

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Praise for Jump!

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

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.

ELLE, Oct 2010

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

LADY

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

Sharp, funny and touching.

Times Literary Supplement

Warmed by the tender characterisation that has made Jilly Cooper a national treasure.

COUNTRYLIFE

Just the thing for a wet winter weekend.

The Independent

Unrivalled joy

Tatler

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.

(Femail) The Daily Mail

As plots go you can't get more charming than this.

Daily Express

This is definitely the most exciting book that landed on my doormat this year. Cooper is a major genius...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.

Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail

A rollicking fantasy.

Horse and Hound

I loved it.

Rosie Boycott, Dec 2010

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