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Mount!: The fast-paced, riotous new adventure from the Sunday Times bestselling author Jilly Cooper

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Only for determined Jilly Cooper fans (I am one, and just managed to keep on until the end of the book).

Jilly could have written about the ups and downs of a long marriage but she really didn't need there to be butterc**t. I'm scanning my way through the endless chapters on the intricacies of a local horse race in the hope of finding a few words on humans, preferably one I know, or a crumb or two of humour or raunch. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. If you are a horse lover, there are TONS of horse parts in this book (even more than Riders and Polo!C.B and his family, it was like a reunion with old friends, lovely to see how their lives had developed, whether Rupert had remained a faithful husband to Taggie or whether he'd got up to his old tricks.

It's like Jilly is running out of ideas for characters in her books, so just taking the old ones and giving them new names and voila! Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my expectations but I still made it through the almost 600 pages.

There are the expected outrageous and enjoyable puns, but, why bother to plough through nearly 600 pages? And Rupert's age - I think he's really about 65-67 as he was 18ish when Perdita was conceived and that was late 60s? When Gala switches to yard work, a handsome allegedly gay South African man takes over as carer but seems more interested in caring for Taggie. But appalling editing, if indeed there was any (when Jump came out I bought it immediately and noticed that Bas Baddingham - a major character in Rivals - had been referred to as Bas Baddington!

He is now obsessed with having his favourite horse being titled 'Leading Sire' which for those of us not in horse world means having the most successful descendants. I have loved Jilly Cooper's writing since reading Riders way back when and have read most of the Rutshire Chronicles, the ones I haven't read was because I hadn't seen they'd been released.It humanizes RCB who, let's face it, would be an aging creepy Lothario at this point (no matter how you massage the dates for plot purposes) if it wasn't for Tag. The fort at home is held by Gav, fancied by every stable lass but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife.

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