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(Rutshire Chronicles #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  3,880 ratings  ·  119 reviews

In Jilly Cooper's third Rutshire chronicle we meet Ricky France-Lynch, who is moody, macho, and magnificent. He had a large crumbling estate, a nine-goal polo handicap, and a beautiful wife who was fair game for anyone with a cheque book. He also had the adoration of fourteen-year-old Perdita MacLeod. Perdita couldn't wait to leave her dreary school and become a polo playe

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Published (first published 1991)
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Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horses, bad behaviour, and lots of orgasms. Polo is the third book in Jilly Cooper’s Rutshire Chronicles series and is, hands-down, my absolute favourite of the – currently – nine-book line-up. (I may be a bit biased, though, as this was the first Jilly Cooper I ever read and the sex scenes it contains have been indelibly burned into what was my (somewhat) innocent teenage brain. In fact, Polo was my introduction to the concept that more than one orifice could be utilised during intercourse …)

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First read in my teens, this is my fave Jilly Cooper, just beating Rivals. Bonkbusting mayhem at it's very best, and I fell head over heels in love with Luke!

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Luke. Oh Luke. He was the stuff of teenage dreams. A gentle giant with muscles of steel and a heart of gold, he was madly in love with screwed up Perdita, who in turn was madly in love firstly with polo king Ricky and later with Luke's arrogant arsehole brother. He waited and waited and finally got his girl *sig
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The best thing about Jilly Cooper books is her female characters. They're very realistic.

They aren't all drop dead beautiful, model thin, and perfectly coifed. Their houses aren't always clean, and they're not all award winning journalists, or environmental activists, or renowned artists.

They're normal, average, women who sometimes stay in their PJs all day, watch "Neighbors", and eat ice cream right out of the carton.

They run out of clean underwear, don't always wash their hair, or bother wit
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ooh-la-la, humour
Having absolutely adored Riders and Rivals, I must say it took a while to get into Polo. The lengthy descriptions of games led to me groaning every time it was match day! That being said, this book still has bucket loads of humour and as the story progresses you can't help but feel a connection to the main characters. Cooper does such a great job of painting a picture of her extensive cast you really feel like they are your best friends by the end. It must be said that Chessie France-Lynch was a ...more
Another summer bonkbuster from Jilly Cooper, but one I found more disappointing than Riders and Rivals. This story is presented as a backdrop to the first two books Cooper wrote that centred on Rupert Campbell-Black, covering the time he was with Helen and then his relationship with Taggie. Instead of show jumping or television, we are presented with the glitzy world of polo - from the clubs in the English countryside to the heat scorched yards of Argentina to the Hollywood glamour of Palm Beach ...more
Louise Culmer
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Polo follows the love lives of two women, scatty but lovable Daisy, and her daughter, the tempermental and estremely rude Peridta. perdita has two passions in life, polo and her employer, the taciturn Ricky. Daisy has a guilty secret - she doesn't know who Perdita's father is, and for this reason she puts up with all Perdita's rudeness and temper tantrums. perdita is madly in love with Ricky for about half the book, then suddenly and for no apparent reason falls in love with one of the other cha ...more
Minty McBunny
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series is, far and away, the absolute best trashy romance available in the world. Jilly Cooper puts all her *Rivals to shame. Whenever I don't have a fresh book handy, I just pick of any one of this series and know that I will be instantly transported. This is probably my 15th or higher read of this book and it's my favorite of them all. Best to start at the beginning though, and read them all, start to finish. If you love fictitious, ridiculously over the top, impossibly wealthy & beautifu ...more
Amanda Jane
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Definitely my favourite Jilly Cooper ever. Mrs Cooper's stories are often called *romps through the Rutshire countryside,* and this romps like a thoroughbred polo pony.
The great joy ( aside from the dreamy men ) is how animals become characters as much as the people.

It contains some of my favourite Jilly Cooper characters. Daisy ( Perdita's mother ) is as absent minded and slightly eccentric as I am, and I love her for it. I've never been able to take to Rupert Campbell-Black somehow,
but Polo s
Jennifer Simpson
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not quite my favourite JC....Rivals is hard to beat I think, but I still love this story as it arcs a couple of the other Rutshire novels so has a massive ridiculous cast of brilliant characters. Special mention to adjectives repeatedly used including 'heavenly', 'ravishing', 'piggy' and 'pouty'. If there is an alternate universe then I hope this is it. ...more
The Book
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Polo! Ironically, Jilly Cooper introduced me to Robert Frost (as well as other things, which shall not be mentioned here). A very good read, keeps me hooked til the last page even though I've read it so many times it's falling apart. ...more
Tisha Merry
May 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
After Riders and Rivals i was SO geared up to read Polo! Sadly i didn’t particularly like/relate to the characters,especially Perdita! What a shame!
I’ll still stick with the series and pray the next book keeps me hooked!
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ricky France-Lynch has three passions in his life - Polo, his son William and his wife Chessie. But when Chessie leaves him and his game suffers, he turns to drink and tries to persuade her back - tragedy strikes and he ends up in jail. Meanwhile, Perdita sulks through her school - all she wants to be is a polo player, marry her hero Ricky and become very rich. Her home life is suffering - her stepfather is having an affair and walks out, her mother, Daisy, isn't coping well on her own and is on ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Polo follows the temperamental, immature but sports-mad Perdita, the illegitimate daughter of a gentle portrait-painter Daisy. Perdita's goal and dream in life to play polo under the tutelage of Ricky France-Lynch, a legendary polo player who has suffered some horrible personal tragedies and is only now finding his footing.

There is a huge cast of characters - probably JC's nicest and most functional romantic interest - Luke Alderton, madly in love with Perdita but giving way as she gets obsesse
Aug 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jilly Cooper. She's just a fun read. This book sort of drug on in the middle and was hard for me to get through at points. So many people! So much sex! SPOILER WARNING: When one of the main character's horses dies, I was crushed. I don't know why that was important to the story -- I hated to see the horse die. I thought some of the more important relationships were rushed into while others drug on. But I loved it. I loved the ending because I wasn't anticipating it and I will always love ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp-fiction
Bottom Line: Good book. Pure gossipy goodness, reread

The best of all Jilly Cooper's books, Polo is a fun, playful read. Its not especially intelligent but it is certainly interesting - reading like a gossipfest between friends about the relationships of the horse people community. Also its a great read for horse people because the horses are written realistically, having personalities but no supernatural abilities. This novel is perhaps a guilty pleasure but its a pleasure none the less.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as enthralling as the first JC I read - Jump; I had to push myself to keep going about 2/3rds of the way through.

But still, saying that, it is full of highs, lows, happiness, sadness, humour, tears, raunchiness, hatred and of course - lots of horses & polo! Which is always a winner as far as I'm concerned!

Quite a few characters to keep up with, all with different plot lines and dramas to follow; but I liked the way it ended.

A good book, I shall keep on the shelves to revisit another day.

Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Although Jilly's works are normally known for the raunch, I found this to be really interesting. Alongside the love story is some serious information on the game of Polo, of which I knew little. Although I am very interested in all equine sports, I had not had a lot to do with Polo and really enjoyed this part of the book.
However I hate Perditta (one of the main female characters) with a passion, although I think this was the intension.
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun, love, funny, romance
this was a fun book. i object to it being called trash. it was well written, full of zippy one-liners, and offered the reader characters that jumped off the page and shook either their fists or behinds at you. i love that.

my only complaint is that in this novel a certain robert frost poem i adore was totally over-quoted. god, was it ever. enough already! google another poem!
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another corker from the Jilly Cooper typewriter. Loved the new characters of Daisy and Perdita. Absolutely loved Luke but loathed his conceited brother. Alejandro, Angel and the other glamorous polo players are hilarious and loveable. Bart and Chessie are wonderful and larger than life. Again another very well written book that hooks you from the start.
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, sports
I loved this book. My Dad recommended it to me when I was home visiting with nothing to do. I couldn't put it down. The closer I got to the end the less pages I read as I didn't want this enjoyable read to stop. ...more
Megan Mclaughlin
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Jilly Cooper novel I ever read, having received it from a cool Canadian ex-pat in Germany. The humor, witty literary references, and pure escapism were just the thing for a homesick teenager. I've now read them all. ...more
Vipin Goyal
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Riders, Jilly Cooper again spreads her magic by Polo. My city Jodhpur is also famous for Polo, after reading Riders and Polo I could look at a horse with better understanding and as a friend.
Wonderful book.
Missy Cahill
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A reread for the first time in around 6 or 7 years. Its still such a great book. I think probably my favourite of all her books. The characters are just hilarious and the writing is a scream. Perfect holiday read.
Ayesha Vardag
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Great fun read for glitz and a racy bodice-ripping posh pony story. Dripping with handsome bad boys and wild untamed beauties, as well as lots of designer labels and shallow social insights. Jane Austen supalite.
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a tale of epic proportions!

Spanning years, Queens Cups, Westminster Cups, Argentine Opens... This book will leave you yearning to go to them all, travel to all of the places detailed (it is the reason I have travelled to Argentina numerous times!) and meet your polo heroes.
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Just reread this for the third time*lol*, still enjoyed it ! I love it that Jilly Cooper brings you the same characters in all her books, plus you meet lots of new interesting people and stories.
Feb 23, 2009 is currently reading it
So far I have learnt that these books are more addictive than crack & to some extent more of a guilty pleasure than . . . . !!!
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
My first Jilly Cooper book. Loved it, very saucy!!
Aug 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Again a cracking read. It's great reading it in the 21st Century. The style mirrors that of Dynasty ie. big shoulder pads & bright red lipstick. So sexy back then! ...more
Jo Benson
Oct 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
A bit of fun that can't be taken seriously at any level. Very horsey! ...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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Rutshire Chronicles (10 books)
  • Riders (Rutshire Chronicles, #1)
  • Rivals (Rutshire Chronicles #2)
  • The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous (Rutshire Chronicles, #4)
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