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...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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.
However I hate Perditta (one of the main female characters) with a passion, although I think this was the intension. ...more
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!
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.