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I've been reading Jilly Cooper's novels for pretty much my whole adult life and some of the main characters are almost as familiar as family. Far any fans of Riders and Polo I would certainly recommend this novel as a great read. Although I am not very clued up when it comes to horse racing it is clear that Jilly has done her homework and her attention to detail is fantastic.
Jilly Cooper bestseller Rivals set for eight-part TV adaptation Jilly Cooper bestseller Rivals set for eight-part TV adaptation
Cooper’s break came at a crucial moment. Unable to have children, she and Leo were in the process of adopting a baby (Felix, followed later by Emily) when she met Godfrey Smith, then editor of the Sunday Times magazine, at a dinner, and regaled him with the details of life as a young wife.My hopes weren't high but for nostalgia (and having heard JC on Desert Island Discs & loved her) I got this for a long haul flight.
Jilly Cooper: An Exclusive Interview on Mount! - WHSmith Blog Jilly Cooper: An Exclusive Interview on Mount! - WHSmith Blog
Taggie gets a bit of a raw deal here. Long-time fans may regret one of the major storylines, which may ruin some of the characters for you if you like your romances "safe" (and given Appassionata, feels a bit out-of-character). Mount! is NOT "safe". It's also not very fairytale-ending unlike some of the others, though of course it ends reasonably happily for all the progatonists. Horse racing is the other hero in Mount. What have been the highlights of learning about this glorious sport?
What a big complicated world Cooper has created in this series. Many of them quite fun to read and enjoy.
Mount!: The fast-paced, riotous new adventure from the Sunday
She admits she has to “use a lot of imagination” these days when it comes to the sex scenes. “It was such a long time ago. [But then] I always had to use a lot of imagination. Everybody used to say they could see steam coming out of the gazebo where I worked. But I don’t find [writing about] sex that difficult. It’s just the way it always was,” she says. “I just think, why stop at the bedroom door? The way people make love and the way people relate to each other in bed are interesting too.”I’ve always adored horses and, in writing Mount!, I’ve been privileged to meet some of the finest in the world. The great Frankel, for example, is turning out to be as wonderful a sire as he was racehorse, and lives with a lovely tabby cat friend called George. I have also shaken hooves with gentle Gallileo in Ireland, who has been leading sire for the past seven years. Equally excitingly, I went to the World Cup in Dubai, which takes place in the desert under an indigo sky, where the top horses race for multi-million prizes. After some amazing fireworks, all the stars come down to cheer on the equine stars. It is so romantic.