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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Rupert was never faithful to his first wife, Helen, even when he though he was in love with her. Re-reading Rivals immediately after re-reading Riders, I was reminded of the crushing disappointment I felt when I first read it. A friend who’s a connection of hers told me some of the best lines were overheard in real life by Jilly.

Declan and Cameron detest each other, provoking a storm of controversy into which Rupert plunges with his usual abandon. I wonder why they changed the title–Rivals was a much better title.

This special 2-for-1 collection features two of these classic titles: The perfect pick me up reads. It is currently being run by the sleazy and horrible Tony, who is quite sure he jilly be able to keep the franchise.

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She was, she says, “devastated”, and it took her more than a decade to start it again. Honestly, it’s great fun. There is a whole big thing about a television station bid that, my goodness, could of been pared down except the author seems to want to impress us with her research o I read until my eyes are bleeding.

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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. If you have a horribly long flight, this book is the perfect distraction.

Anyways, a great read and one I definitely recommend! This article about a romance novel is a stub. 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. Click on a plot link to find similar books! There are innumerable coopfr of bed-hopping and wife swapping as each consortium attempts to plunge the other into controversy before the big meeting with the Rovals.

I hated many of the characters, but they made the book what it is.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Jun 09, Natasha Hadleigh rated it it was amazing. Ended up having to have mash potatoes!

Seven hundred pages consisting mostly of who’s-sleeping-with-whom is a bit much. The format probably milly as well, reading books over pages on kindle is quite dreary in itself. Each book of the Rutshire Chronicles is set in a milieu that can be considered glamorous and wealthy, such as show jumping or classical music.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. There are so many other characters, some with bigger, some with smaller parts, but I felt that I really got to 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.


Why, they form their own consortium to pitch for the TV franchise, of course! As with all Jilly Cooper’s “bonkbusters” there are multiple plotlines going on and we get involved in the lives of many different characters. Rupert Campbell-Black very notorious rake and famous showjumper before he quit for a career in politics decides to join forces with his neighbours Declan o’Hara and Freddy Jones to overthrow the jillu of the neighbourhood TV station Tony Baddingham by bidding for the TV franchise in the area.

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Also by Jilly Cooper. The plot this time involves a large franchise battle between Corinium – the incumbent television company, led by Tony Baddingham – and Venturer, formed by a number of larger than life characters who have had various run-ins with Tony and wish to see his downfall. Riders, Polo and Rivals are my favourite from the chronicles. Jul 05, Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing Shelves: Like, actually in love. I’m not really a fan of “chick-lit” but Rivals had some truly hilarious moments in it.