#bookreview – Riders ~Jilly Cooper~

About this book:

Sex and horses: who could ask for more?’ Sunday Telegraph

Set against the glorious Cotswold countryside, Riders offers an intoxicating blend of swooning romance, adventure and hilarious high jinks.

Brooding hero Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands even the most difficult horse or woman is charmed, is driven by his loathing of the dashing darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black.

Having pinched each other’s horses and drunk their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences at the Los Angeles Olympics . . .

A classic bestseller, Riders takes the lid off international show jumping, a sport where the brave horses are almost human, but the humans behave like animals.

‘Joyful and mischievous’ Jojo Moyes

‘Exhilarating, irresistible and one of our nation’s most beloved novels’ Jill Mansell

‘Jilly Cooper is the funniest and the sharpest writer there is’ Jenny Colgan

‘Flawlessly entertaining’ Helen Fielding

My Thoughts/Review


I absolutely love this book and I have read it several times. The characters are brilliant, Rupert Campbell Black who I love to hate as he’s charming when he wants to be and horrible and nasty too, he makes you laugh and get cross with him because of his behaviour! He’s such a spoilt brat!

There’s Rupert’s best friend Billy Lloyd Fox who is easily led by Rupert, their friendship is adorable.

Then there’s Rupert’s rival Jake Lovell, you cannot help but feel sorry for Jake who hasn’t been born with a silver spoon in his mouth like Rupert he’s worked hard to get where he is and Rupert constantly puts him down but he carries on regardless. I think Jake is my favourite character in the book, he has more morals that Rupert and Billy.

I love that Jilly Cooper’s books start with a list of characters and a map showing the place the book is set and where the characters live so when you are reading you can visualise the scene. This is such a unique thing to do and something I have only seen in Jilly Cooper books.

This book is hilariously funny, but also sad in places. It’s a huge book to read but you get sucked into the story and you don’t notice the length of it, you just do not want it to end, which luckily more of Jilly Cooper’s books continue the story of these fabulous characters and introduces some new ones!

It’s a wonderful overview of the world of show jumping and you can even envision how the characters talk as it’s a world that mainly attracts wealthy people. Jilly Cooper provides so much information in her books that they are brought to life in your imagination and I would think everyone’s experience of them would be a little different.

This book has been around a long time but if you haven’t read it then it’s available from iBooks, iTunes Audiobooks and Amazon UK

If you have read this book then please share your thoughts on it in the comments.

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