by Jilly Cooper


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One of the glorious Rutshire Chronicles.

Into the cut-throat world of Corinium television comes Declan O’Hara, a mega-star of great glamour and integrity with a radiant feckless wife, a handsome son and two ravishing teenage daughters. Living rather too closely across the valley is Rupert Campbell-Black, divorced and as dissolute as ever, and now the Tory Minister for Sport.

Declan needs only a few days at Corinium to realize that the Managing Director, Lord Baddingham, is a crook who has recruited him merely to help retain the franchise for Corinium. Baddingham has also enticed Cameron Cook, a gorgeous but domineering woman executive, to produce Declan’s programme. Declan and Cameron detest each other, provoking a storm of controversy into which Rupert plunges with his usual abandon.

As a rival group emerges to pitch for the franchise, reputations ripen and decline, true love blossoms and burns, marriages are made and shattered, and sex raises its (delicious) head at almost every throw as, in bed and boardroom, the race is on to capture the Cotswold Crown.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780552156370
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date: 03/10/2008
Pages: 720
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jilly Cooper is a journalist, writer and media superstar. The author of many number one bestselling novels, including Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata, Score! and Pandora, she lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, Leo, five cats and her greyhound dog. She was appointed OBE in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her contribution to literature.

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Rivals 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
shu_shu_sleeps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my 'comfort reading' books - Jilly Cooper is always very amusing, and I like the broadly drawn characters - some of them approach characature. Taggie woudl have to be one of my all time favourite Cooper characters and I get hungry just reading the book. RCB actually comes across as a nice person (which he didn't in Riders) and you can finally understand why he is such a popular person. You get totally hooked in through the massive fight for the franchise, and it makes some interesting comments on TV audiences in general, TV presenters and the issues around managing a broadcaster.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its my favourite book, even I was 13 when i read it. Jilly Cooper writes with good humor.The whole book was full of adventures of life and love.