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  • Published: 13 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9780552177849
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99


The brand-new book from the legendary Jilly Cooper, featuring the iconic Rupert Campbell-Black. Be prepared for scandal, sex and sabotage - this time on the football field...

Jilly Cooper's legendary hero returns!

Rupert Campbell-Black, all-conquering racehorse owner-trainer and handsomest man in England, is in the darkest of places. His adored wife, Taggie, is about to undergo chemotherapy. His beloved leading stallion has been assassinated.

Now his daughter Bianca is badgering him to buy into a failing local football club, Searston Rovers, so he can sign up her superstar striker boyfriend, Feral Jackson, and he and Bianca can return home from Perth to look after Taggie.

Rupert dislikes football and his first impressions of Searston are distinctly unfavourable. But as their new and indelibly competitive Chairman, he won’t stand for anything less than an Everest climb to the top of the Premier League.

With the help of the club’s ravishing and adorable secretary, Tember West, and his sassy Press Officer, Dora Belvedon, he becomes increasingly fond of his riotous mix of players, despite bawling them out whenever they face defeat.

Rupert’s explosive arrival at Searston causes outrage, so the fights are as furious off the field as on – particularly when glamorous WAGS flood in to stir up trouble and lust after Rupert…

Nor do the rival local football team, their duplicitous chairman and their corrupt dealings make things easier – let the scandals, sabotage and seductions begin…

  • Published: 13 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9780552177849
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99

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 Tackle!

A giddy, sexy, exuberant romp of a story...a total tonic, offering the sort of glorious escapism we're all desperately in need of

Daisy Buchanan

Bursting with fun, puns, and shenanigans

Jill Mansell

If you loved Riders, and binge-watched Ted Lasso, then this is your dream novel. Pitch perfect and utterly swoon-worthy. Jilly is a genius

Clare Pooley

A fabulous feast of fun, frolics and football

Jo Thomas

Won't disappoint her many fans: bonking, balls and Campbell-Black. All present and incorrect

Sir Ian Rankin

Jilly is back on fine form bringing the world of football to brilliant life. A read that was fleet of foot and contained plenty of last minute surprises ... I loved it

Cesca Major

I felt my mood perceptibly improve over the few days of reading ... The only problem with Tackle! is that you have to ration yourself or you'll gobble it up in one go

The Telegraph

A jolly jolt of Jilly on a cold autumn day

The Times

The queen of British bonkbusters

The Economist

With her talent for boisterous plots and dialogue, Cooper delivers feisty fun ... With this novel, Cooper shoots again and scores

Daily Telegraph

clever and enormous fun to read


A total treat

Daily Mail

Pure escapism - who could ask for more?

Daily Express

There's still something infectiously joyful and funny about [Cooper's] particular brand of very English writing

The Observer

It's pure escapism - the perfect antidote to the real world, full of warmth, wit and Rupert Campbell-Black

Sunday Express

A breathless plot that [...] sizzles with all the scandal, scheming and saucy shenanigans a reader could hope for

The Mail on Sunday