In Jilly Cooper's latest, raciest novel, Rupert Campbell-Black takes centre stage in the cutthroat world of flat racing.
Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto's Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival, Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife, Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.
Luckily the fort at home is held by Rupert's assistant, Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert's wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.
Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer's job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace....
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Everybody loves Jilly Cooper:
"Sex and horses: who could ask for more?" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Joyful and mischievous." (Jojo Moyes)
"A delight from start to finish." (Daily Mail)
"Fun, sexy and unputdownable." (Marian Keyes)
"Escape into an alternative universe in which all is right with the world." (Guardian)
"Flawlessly entertaining." (Helen Fielding)
I never thought that it would be possible to have a great sequel but I found this was fantastic. It had all the trappings like riders but had suspense and longing and love. Awesome finish keeping you guessing till the end. Loved it
Loved the horsey bits. Hated the romance bits. That word Rupert says is disgusting and there really is no need for adultery. Not impressed
"Must Love Horses"
If you are not familiar with Jilly Cooper's novels about the outrageously sexy and rampant horse riding aristocracy of Rutminster, then you'd better do your homework or you will probably get befuddled by the cast of 1000's. I have read some though not all, and had to admit defeat when faced with the offspring, offspring's offspring, and myriad lovers and other personnel that play bit parts and big parts (no pun intended!) in this story. All credit to Ms Cooper for maintaining players in character, and much credit to the reader, Sian Thomas, for coping with all the variety of accents and idiosyncracies of the cast. The only accents (difficult, I know, I live here) were the South African/Zimbabwean characters, but a good try nevertheless. It's a fairly explicit romp, with no pretentious claims to be "literature" and if you can stand the pace, you will probably enjoy, but you must love horses!
"Great al the way through"
Hot clever funny
Safety car.........he was adorable and fun
The characters had a personality
Laughed and cried
Long live Campbell blacks!!!
Better plot, composition and narration
Gerri Halligan, Samantha Bond
I have read all Jilly Cooper’s books despite this not being my favoured genre. Over the years I looked forward to each new release with great excitement but this time I am sorely disappointed.
The plot, the composition even the narration were frustratingly mediocre. Actually more dull and boring than mediocre to be honest. Not at all what I had hoped for or expected.
Cooper at her best
More horse books please
Great story and characters really enjoyed it her best book since Riders
"Loved it but"
This is the first Jilly Cooper I have listened to on audible. It was great being read to but the sex scenes were so excruciatingly awful I had to keep fast forwarding.
Another excellent book from Jilly Cooper. All the characters linking together from previous books and some interesting new ones. Giving you some insight into horse racing and breeding.
"Time to call it a day Jilly"
I was looking forward to another instalment from JC, especially as this book centred around the wonderful Rupert C-B. To say that I was disappointed was an understatement. Rivals, one of her earlier books, introduced the angelic Taggie who readers fell in love with, as did Rupert. One of the reasons why I really enjoyed Rivals is that the book was of its time, and Rupert reformed from his love rat persona into a committed & adoring husband. Subsequent books included Rupert & Taggie, which was always lovely to re-visit their marriage & his love for her. However in Mount! what Jilly Cooper did with Rupert's character towards Taggie was horrible. I know J.C always likes to shock (either through foul-mouthed language or the death of a beloved animal) but the predatory Gala (stable hand) was a step too far. We have all come to adore Taggie, but the way J.C penned Rupert's behaviour towards Taggie didn't seem to fit with his loved-up adoration of his beautiful wife. I was very disappointed & as several Goodread reviewers have written, they wished they could un-read the novel as it left a sour taste in their mouths.Also, there were gaping errors in the book which she/editor ought to have spotted, when the author re-introduced past themes, characters & horses.The book was far, far too long. Even though the book was about horses & horse-racing, it seemed that way too many pages were slavishly devoted to parading all the research that had been completed for the book, which seemed, at times, over-the-top and unnecessary. A little additional knowledge would have been good, but what was given in the book was too much, and became boring. Also there were far too many characters, more so than usual.Reading the book, I felt like it was written a decade too late, and the funny/smutty witticisms, which as a 20 year old girl use to make me smile, now made me wince. No longer funny, and sadly felt a little pathetic.
Nothing by Jilly Cooper anymore, sadly. Rivals, Riders and Polo still her best books written by the 'old Jilly'.
She is a very good narrator. Poor material to work with, which she managed to make enjoyable. Amazing that she could turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. I would definitely listen to other books that she has narrated,
I don't think anyone would want to see it in film, but could see it as a 70's-style tv mini series with D-list actors maybe?
I have always loved Jilly Cooper, but I think her humour & writing fitted more into the 70's, 80's and 90's. Her writing didn't seem to 'fit' the year 2016, it felt like she was stuck in the past & that her stories no longer seemed modern or relevant. She has done amazingly well for all these years to be popular but think Mount! perhaps ought to be her last. I will always have fond memories of her earlier books before they seemed to slide downhill. Sorry.
A couple of the characters got on my nerves and the ending seemed rushed. One of the main characters in the book 'Gala'. Really got on my nerves as the book progressed.
"Great listen I was addicted"
The narrator was amazing. Her range of accents made the listen first class. the story itself was a treat. A grown up version of Riders with a nice RCB. Sad Billy wasn't in it.
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