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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  617 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The light-hearted, hilarious and gorgeous novel from the much-loved classic author.

Shy, dreamy, and incurably romantic, Harriet Poole was shattered when her brief affair with Simon Villiers, Oxford's leading playboy undergraduate, ended abruptly, leaving her penniless, alone and pregnant. Still hopelessly in love with Simon, she took baby William and buried herself in deep
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 22nd 2005 by Corgi
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Well, I hated myself afterwards, but had a good time while I read it. So sort of like eating a Twinkie.
Feb 27, 2014 Chloe added it
These books are my favourite books. They have marvellous endings and are equally good throughout all the book. I find Harriet very brave for the fact that she keeps her baby. I find Cory delightful and Noël (Cory's ex) dreadful. My favourite characters were Cory children who were hilarious. Harriet is vulnerable but very switched on. I recommend all of this series.
Jul 31, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This book is awful, but good, fun times awful.
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In ‘Harriet’, shy and reserved teenager Harriet Poole falls in love with popular Simon Villiers after a chance meeting. However, she is left pregnant and heartbroken when he breaks up with her. Anyhow, she quietly decides to keep his baby despite him insisting on her having an abortion. She takes up a job as a nanny and works for scriptwriter Cory Erskine in order to financially support herself and her child.

Despite the simple storyline and its predictability, this book was an absolute delight t
Lynn Matheson
Jul 13, 2014 Lynn Matheson rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this. It’s quite old, first published in 1976. It’s refreshing to read about everyone smoking and drinking like crazy. It is really an old-fashioned romance. The sex which takes place is not described so erotica fans would be disappointed. It has lots of stereotypical elements but this does not detract from it being a fun, easy read. Harriet is at Oxford when she is deflowered by the ghastly arrogant actor Simon who reminded me strongly of another Simon I have known. Accidentally ...more
Lady Kate
Dec 21, 2014 Lady Kate rated it it was amazing
This was the first ever novel I read at the tender age of 10. I have a first edition and all the series still sits on my book case. It's typical Jilly Cooper. Every now and then, I re -read this series. I'm giving it 5 stars simply because it gave me my love of novels. If you want to go back to the 70's or early 80's then give it a go, it will only take you a day.
Apr 04, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
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I love books when just down on her luck women get strong despite their situation. Poor Harriet has opportunity to be strongest woman in the world according to her bad luck. I cried real tears. Lovely English book. You may need some translation!
Oct 23, 2008 Suzy rated it really liked it
I read a lot of Jilly Cooper when I was a young teenager and learned an awful lot from her! I loved it at the time and think its about time I read them all again!
Feb 18, 2008 Tawnie rated it it was amazing
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My favorite Jilly Cooper. It is a delightful 70s romance with all the stereotypical elements. Fabulous!
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Utterly as expected, ripping yarn.
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Oh so fluffy...
Oct 18, 2008 Lizzie rated it it was amazing
My most favourite one !
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May 16, 2015 Gill McKinlay rated it it was amazing
I'd always wanted to be a writer. This was the first book that made me feel I could do it.
This is a bit out dated. Maybe this was a good book BITD but today, it just didn't do it for me.
Jul 30, 2014 Miranda rated it really liked it
Cute, romantic and warming - just want you want from Jilly Cooper.
Mar 10, 2013 Janis rated it it was ok
Think Barbara Cartland in 70s guise..
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Jilly Cooper, OBE (born February 21, 1937) is an English author. She started her career as a journalist and wrote numerous works of non-fiction before writing several romance novels, the first of which appeared in 1975. She is most famous for writing the six blockbuster novels the Rutshire Chronicles.
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