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The first of the glorious Rutshire Chronicles

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Jilly Cooper is a journalist, writer and media superstar.The author of many number one bestselling novels, including Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata, Score! and Pandora, she lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, Leo, five cats and her greyhound dog. She was appointed OBE in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her contribution to literature.


The average American may not view show-jumping as a particularly glamorous sport, but this glimpse into the world of the international equestrian is likely to change any such perception. The story focuses on a group of British riders for whom competition is not limited to winning a team victory. Personal jealousies, financial reward and sexual conquests are likewise factors that drive these intense, charismatic and sexy athletes. The individual emphasis is so strong that even the horses seem to have ``personalities.'' This sophisticated novel is written not only for sports fans but for lovers of good fiction. (July)

In England the equestrian sport of show jumping is an event in which the competitors can and do achieve superstar status. A well-known British journalist, Cooper has researched her subject carefully in this British best seller chronicling the fictional lives of these hard-working, hard-playing men and women in their quest for fame and fortune. Though her characters are standard typesthe horsey schoolgirl, the unprincipled playboy, the orphaned outcastCooper manages successfully to go beyond the stereotypes, and the characters emerge as genuine and legitimate personalities. Riders is an entertaining, well-written, amusing novel largely due to the author's clever style. Recommended. Lydia Burruel Johnson, Mesa P.L., Ariz.

"Fun, sexy and unputdownable - a classic" Marian Keyes "Sex and horses: who could ask for more?" Sunday Telegraph "Blockbusting fiction at its best" Mail on Sunday "Joyful and mischievous. I know of no woman my age who won't admit that Rupert Campbell-Black nearly ruined them for other men for life ..." Jojo Moyes "Jilly Cooper is the funniest and the sharpest writer there is" Jenny Colgan

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