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Jump! (Rutshire Chronicles #9)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,255 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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
Paperback, 768 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Bantam Press (first published 2010)
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Kate Roman
I was disappointed. I have always loved jilly, but alas, this one will not be finished. The story is failing to grip me, and the style lacks her usual bubbly connection. So disappointing, as I was thoroughly looking forward to it.
I read Jilly Cooper years ago in my 20's and loved her then. She was raunchy and outrageous and I was every bit in love with Rupert Campbell-Black! I picked this one up for fun over Christmas and never have I laughed so much (except maybe at Lula in Janet Evanovichs Stephanie Plum series of books!) I'm not a horsey person but you don't have to be to throughly enjoy a good romp with Jilly. She seems to have toned down the raunchiness (or maybe I have just grown up alot) but there was still the sa ...more
I haven't read a book by Jilly Cooper in ages (15 tears at least?). But I always recommended her books as a literate, amusing alternative in the sex-soaked genre. So I picked up this book as the length looked suitable for a 10 hour day in airports and planes. I was actually hoping to make it last for the trip back as well but unfortunately decided to keep on going to the end.

That being said ... not quite as out and out raunchy as I recall, although I can't say that bothered me much, sex is more
Jump! is a sprawling bonkbuster of a book set in the glitzy and dangerous world of jump racing. When Etta Bancroft's husband Sampson dies, her bolshy children move her to the tiny village of Willowwood. She struggles to come to terms with her new life, and is bullied relentlessly by her children. One cold night Etta discovers a little Thoroughbred filly, lost and beaten, and takes her in, naming her Mrs Wilkinson. Mrs Wilkinson and Etta develop an unshakable bond, as the filly becomes a renowned ...more
I'm a relative newcomer to the world of Jilly Cooper, until reading Jump! the only book I had read of hers was Wicked! When I saw she had a new book coming out I knew it would be the next book of hers I chose.

Jump! is a return to the world of horse racing, bringing back much loved characters as well as introducing a whole raft of new ones. The pace varies throughout the book, I felt that at times it plodded along beautifully giving the characters time to develop and then with the turn of a page
Charlotte Nash
I've loved many other books by Jilly Cooper, and rate Riders as one of my faves of all time. Jump! unfortunately isn't really anything like those earlier novels. I can see all the similar elements, but it's put together in a strange fashion. Slow to get started, huge info dumps, scenes and chapters that end in strange places, and a heroine who's pushed off the page by too many other characters sharing the stage.

I was going all right until I hit the two chapters where Etta and Dora walk around th
This book might best be described as 'Jilly squared'. Whatever you like about Jilly's previous books-- the humor, the hyper Englishness of the settings both social and geographic, the lovable cad, the earnest young horsewoman, the horses so grateful for kindness that they'll jump the moon--they're all in there.

Alas, squaring Jilly isn't all reward--there are even more characters and even more shifting and sorting of trysts, romantic and otherwise. 'Jump' will take a more careful reader than I'l
You know what you're getting with a Jilly Cooper book. Over the years I have read them all and enjoyed all except the dreadful Wicked. Jump! doesn't compare to my memory of Riders, Polo or The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, but the last 300 pages are classic Jilly. At 720 pages long though, the story takes a while to really get going! Some of the hundreds of characters are one-dimensional, I disliked many of them (particularly the women) and Rafiq's character is a terrible cliche (almost insulti ...more
Cooper is back to her better form - below is my review for Her Magazine.

The irrepressible Jilly is back! Plenty of old favourites, like Rupert Campbell-Black, along with a whole new village of characters to fall in love with. Etta Bancroft, newly widowed and completely bullied by her awful offspring is moved to a tiny bungalow in the Gloucestershire town of Willowwood. One snowy night she rescues a filly that has been horribly mutilated and while the previous owner is tracked down through DNA re
The story of Etta, put-upon widow and grandmother, whose generosity of spirit was abused by her domineering (wealthy) husband who left her at the mercy of her uncaring, grasping children due to the terms of his will. When Etta's home is sold out from under her and she's installed in a cramped little house close to her son and daughter-in-law, she's expected to be cook and full-time nanny for her spoiled brattish grandchildren, but the village into which she's propelled, Willowwood, has a cast of ...more
This is the most recent of Jilly Cooper’s Rutshire Chronicles and the weakest in the series. Jilly is at her best when she mixes her existing characters with new characters and tells stories of their lives and involvement in this horse world. In this novel she does not successfully do this. Aside from a few appearances from Rupert Campbell – Black and some of the children mentioned in Cooper’s previous book, Wicked, the cast in this book is all new, and not a very interesting group. Compounding ...more
Susan Roebuck
I always liked Jilly Cooper and her puns. She always created OTT characters too, but somehow "Jump" was a little too bland with stereotypes and forced puns. Maybe I've just gone beyond her books and I'm too hard now. I also found her way of "head-hopping" during scenes rather disturbing. Still, when you're Jilly Cooper you can get away with everything :) I'll still read her books though.
you can tell that is summer and its has been hot (except the last two days) because I have been drawn back to the summer master - Jilly Cooper - this is about the 5th or 6th time I have read this book and I love every minute of it every time - Jilly writes so well that you can smell the wild garlic and feel the rain and want to reach out and pet the horses - I love the way that the horses and the pets are allowed to give their feelings on the pages as well as the people. I always want to live in ...more
enjoying so far on page 396 at the moment. One of my guilty secret authors!
After her rich husband dies, Etta Bancroft’s children move her from her beloved home to a grotty bungalow nearer their own homes – mostly in a plight for their own pockets. But, everyone falls in love with Etta, especially when a bedraggled and beaten racehorse shows up in her garden needing Etta’s love.

There’s something about Jilly Cooper’s sense of humour that just draws you in. Her books are like serial dramas. You get wrapped around the characters’ lives and are fully submerged for the durat

I think I'm bloody relieved to be finished this one. I think its taken me 5-6 months. It had 3 main things that stopped me from wanting to devour it at my usual cracking pace

1. Far TOO MANY characters. Crammed into every page too, like a traffic report where everyone is sitting what everyone is saying... just over the top. Instead of being interesting it bogged it down in too much endless listing through the rota.

2. The only thing on earth that made me want to read this book was that it was abou
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 house to live in a hideous modern bungalowin the Cotswold village of Willowwood.

Etta’s life is transformed when she finds a horribly mutilated filly wandering in the woods.She names herMrs Wilkinson and nurses her back to health. The fi
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Grace Harwood
I've given this review a bit of a harsh rating, but I just cannot get over how very disappointed I was from this latest offering to come out of the Cooper stable. It's trite. It's hackneyed. The characters are poor faded shades of the vibrant witty loveable rogues she created in her earlier works (Riders and Polo being the best examples of these). As a result they barely deserve the title "characters" at all. They're just not believeable. Why is Rafik even there if not just to make a token nod t ...more
Cooper returns to her usual formula - a village of hugley mixed souls, super rich and struggling poor, famous people and desperate wannabees. Etta isn't that sad to lose her bullying husband to cancer, but is heartbroken when her children turf her out of the family home and install her in a impersonal, small bungalow so they can use her as free babysitting. Missing her dog and her home, she stumbles on a grey filly, starving and near to death in the woods. With the help of the villagers, sometim ...more
Jilly Cooper's books never disappoint, and Jump! contains all the key ingredients; a large slug of gossip, a hit of glitz, a shot of scandal and lashings of fun. It's a sprawling tale with a huge ensemble cast, including several very familiar to fans (yes, Rupert Campbell-Black makes an appearance) and a raft of new faces, and a vast array of animals with their own distinctive character.

Following the death of her domineering husband Sampson, Etta Bancroft is uprooted from her home by her childre
Azka Shaykh
"Etta Bancroft- sweet, kind, still beautiful- adores racing and harbours a crush on one of its starts, 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 house to live in a hideous modern bungalow in the Cotswold village of Willowwood."
The name and the cover sounds pretty well, but when I started it off, all I felt was disappointment. A novel consisted of 907 pages, longer than the usual
Jen Niffer
This is a mighty book. It is HUGE, weighing in at 720 pages. Alas, the story is not as much of a colossus as Rupert Campbell-Black is said to be in his character description. For me, I felt like I was pushing through mud for an age, waiting for the story to hook me. Too many characters, too little action. It finally picks up the pace at around page 450 which was an extremely long wait. After that, the rest of the book is exciting, and raunchy, and thrilling, just like dear Jilly is supposed to b ...more
Joanne Nock
The main reason for a lower rating of this book is its sheer size. At over 900 pages and starting off a little tame for a "Jilly" I was almost tempted to abandon it. It is ultimately worth sticking with, so many twists and turns in the end but I suspect quite a few people won't get that far. Eventually thunders on with the usual "Cooper Mix" of bed- hopping, lust, treachery, international terrorism, narcissistic movie stars.... your average little sleepy village! My only character complaint is A ...more
I have a confession to make. I have never actually read a Jilly Cooper book. But Ian Rankin Tweeted that he was reading it and I thought if it's good enough for Ian Rankin, it's good enough for me. Not to mention, that it is about horse racing which sounded quite interesting.

Also, I have managed to do something dreadful to my lower back and can't straighten up. So I find myself on Ibuprofen and Solpadeine Max and still lying miserably and painfully in my bed. As always, I have a huge stack of bo
Sandra Fulbright-myers
I loved this book. I've read all of Jilly Cooper's previous Rutshire novels, and it was like spending time with an old friend who hasn't lost her sparkle over the years. This is popular fiction, but taken for what it is, it's a splendid example of the genre, a pleasant fantasy for an Anglophile. And there's nothing amiss with liking a happy ending occasionally.
Where do I begin? Well for a start thank The Lord I didn't pay to read this book! I loved Polo and Rider and even enjoyed Wicked but what was this utter horse-crap doing on any any book shelf? This has been one of the most difficult books to get through; boring, hard to relate to characters & ridiculous stereotypes that isn't even laughable! Etta bankroft, what an awful lead character, I was honestly hoping she'd end up head butted to death by that idiot goat Chisolm (his own column? Really? ...more
Set in the Cotswolds and horse-racing in England, this book is a brick! With 20-30 characters (if not more), it can be confusing as to who's who, who said what, who's lusting after or backstabbing who... it just goes on and on! I liked the British countryside backdrop, hills, flowers, trees and descriptions, the main characters (lots of them) were also well-drawn, as were the racing scenes. I was hoping for better resolution to the main-main character, but the wrap-up will have to do. I had neve ...more
Louise Rose-Innes
I absolutely loved this book. The heroine was slightly older than Jilly Cooper's usual characters, but still fiesty and beautiful, and her situation in life, age and flaws made her seem more vulnerable and relatable somehow. This is a smart move since Jilly's audience is probably growing up along with her heroine. I know I appreciated the more evolved character profile, slightly pummelled by what life has thrown at her, knocked around and had to pick herself up again and soldier on... we've all ...more
Mrs. Lapacka
I loved that Jilly Cooper returned to the wonderful world of horses in this novel. Her characters were as likable as always, and the age of Etta didn't bother me in the least, as it did others. I read this on a Kindle, so I'm not sure of the page count, but I was sad when the 700+ pages were behind me. One thing that I didn't love in this particular Cooper novel, was the thinly veiled political statements that she felt the need to make. At times, they came naturally out of her Muslim character, ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Rutshire Chronicles (9 books)
  • Riders (Rutshire Chronicles, #1)
  • Rivals (Rutshire Chronicles #2)
  • Polo (Rutshire Chronicles #3)
  • The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous (Rutshire Chronicles, #4)
  • Appassionata (Rutshire Chronicles #5)
  • Score!
  • Pandora
  • Wicked! (Rutshire Chronicles #8)
Riders (Rutshire Chronicles, #1) Rivals (Rutshire Chronicles #2) Polo (Rutshire Chronicles #3) The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous (Rutshire Chronicles, #4) Wicked! (Rutshire Chronicles #8)

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