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Summary

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....

©2016 Jilly Cooper (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

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)

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Hysterical yarn

Loved it. So much fun. Full of life. A well written page turner. Great old characters turning up.

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Wonderfully sentimental

I originally discovered jilly Cooper when I was a teenager. Polo is still one of my favourite books as it was one of those books I could not put down. Over recent years I think Jilly has slightly gone of the boil, and her attempt to be current is at times cringe worthy. However, mount was a really fun read. What I particularly liked is her references to previous novels, bringing back past characters. Her personification of all of the animals is wonderful. Mount was like the icing on the cake of all of her previous novels. All I can ask is, Jilly, would it at all be possible to write a book about what happened to Red Alderton? I like the idea of him, similarly to Rupert, finding a lovely woman that catches his heart. If you are a Cooper fan then this won't disappoint.

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A big disappointment

What would have made Mount! better?

I've enjoyed previous Jilly Cooper novels, but I found this one went on and on far too long. Almost all the characters are horrible - I think the only one who is nice is Taggie, but she is such a doormat I can't really admire her. The book is more like a cross between a soap opera (continuous changes with no real plot) and a racing programme - you need to be a fan of racing to put up with all the horse detail.

So to improve, make it shorter and cut all the horse descriptions. Have characters with some integrity and loyalty.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jilly Cooper again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Sian Thomas’s performances?

Not sure - at first I found her irritating, and I would have preferred she just read the story instead of try to do different accents. I did get used to her by the end, but I would have to really want the book to listen to her again.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was entertaining in places.

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  • Sara
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Classic Cooper

No one in the world talks like this, and I'm pretty sure no one acts like this. All of Coopers women are either doormats or bitches (or both), while the men are allowed a little more personality. That said, it's classic Jilly Cooper, I don't read/listen to it expecting reality, depth or nuance, and I inhaled this audiobook at every opportunity, because it's just so entertaining!

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Amazing. Jilly brings Rutshire together once more

The only bad thing about this book is that I got thought it so quickly it's already finished! I'm off to re-read the series from the start, only wish Rivals, Polo and The Man Who Made Husbands jealous were also available by audio. They make my commute to work every day a real pleasure!! Thank you Jilly x

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one of the worst

Tedious. Boring. Narrative horrific.
I really used to love Jilly Cooper but I will not be in a hurry to buy another if she brings one out.
Narrator was awful. shouldn't have attempted the accents. They were incredibly painful. I don't recommend this. if I could get my.money back I would!!

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Beautifully read ...

A right rollicking story in true Jilly Cooper style... lots of characters to keep up with and the action is fast moving . A little too many corny quips , all rather too obvious, but lovely to catch up with all the old characters... I love how she humanises the horses and dogs...
The narrator is particularly clever to keep up with all the different accents, she keeps it all alive.

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Rupert !!

I am an avid jolly cooper - Rupert Campbell-Black fan and this is the first Audio book I have purchased it let the experience down for me, I found the narrators interpretations of some characters bordering on childlike

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Not as good as Rivals and Riders

Sadly Mount didn’t compare with Jilly’s much earlier Rutshire books- it was far too long and just lacked the magic. It was good to hear about characters from previous books but killing off Billy was a mistake. To me the worst thing was Rupert being unfaithful to Taggie. The narration was good but I preferred the narrator of Rivals . Good- but not great.

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Brilliant performance

Absolutely fantastic performance, she really brought the story to life. Managed to turn a lacklustre story of rehashed vintage Cooper into an enj

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  • 15-08-17

Another winner for Jilly Cooper!

I have been a fan since the begining and this book was another Gold Winner!

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  • Gala W
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Entertaining

Contemporary with good character development. Tugs at my heart strings. More mystery and people interaction than prior book.