Jump! by Jilly Cooper

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By Jilly Cooper

Etta Bancroft -- candy, variety, nonetheless appealing -- adores racing and harbours a weigh down on one in all its stars, the good-looking high-handed owner-trainer Rupert Campbell-Black. whilst her bullying husband dies, Etta's egocentric, bold son and daughter drag her from her attractive Dorset apartment to reside in a hideous smooth bungalow within the Cotswold village of Willowwood. Etta's existence adjustments whilst, within the snow within the close by woods, she reveals a horribly mutilated filly, which she names Mrs Wilkinson and nurses again to health. The filly charms every person within the village, then assessments demonstrate her to be a spectacularly well-bred racehorse. After a nail-biting court docket case, Mrs Wilkinson is presented to Etta, hence making sure the lasting and vengeful enmity of her evil former coach and owner. A village syndicate is formed to placed the filly into education, together with a riotous mixture of village characters, who trigger to the races in a minibus clanking with bottles. Ridden through Rupert's delectable god-daughter, Amber, Mrs Wilkinson captivates massive crowds as she progresses from point-to-point races to significant races and brings status and fortune to the syndicate, until eventually, ultimately, she is entered within the Grand nationwide. Can she be the 1st mare in thirty years, and Amber the 1st lady ever, to overcome this effective race?In leap! you'll meet wealthy capricious proprietors, obsessive running shoes and gallant good lads and lasses; you'll get to understand the harsh, courageous jockeys; and you may fall in love with the horses,and specially with Mrs Wilkinson herself -- hilarious, heroic and so gutsy she's going to gallop into your center ceaselessly.

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DORA BELVEDON Fifteen-year-old smart cookie. Besotted with horses, dogs and Paris Alvaston. Has a somewhat dubious ability to flog stories to the national press, redeemed by an extremely kind heart. LESTER BOLTON As short in inches as he is on charm. Internet tycoon specializing in porn. Has recently acquired romantic Primrose Cottage in Willowwood. CINDY BOLTON Lester’s child bride, an extremely successful porn star. BRUNHILDA An Animal Rights activist. JOHNNIE BRUTUS A narcissistic Irish jockey.

The cameras then switched to Rupert’s lovely wife Taggie, who, in a big midnight-blue hat with a feather, was biting her nails in the stands. The horses were coming in, bunching up towards the tape, and they were off, lifted by the most exhilarating noise in the world: the Cheltenham roar. Etta turned up the volume even further to hear the Channel 4 commentary over the rattle of hurdles and the thunder of hooves on dry ground. Three from home, Lusty was still tucked up in the back watching the leaders battling it out.

Last night the temperature had plummeted and now he was bucketing around in his wheelchair, demanding the whereabouts of the hot electric pad which eased the pain in his back. Etta had just said she had no idea when, passing a dog basket in the hall, Sampson caught sight of the flex of the electric pad coming out from under the tartan rug on which Bartlett was happily snoring. Sampson exploded. Etta fled to the kitchen. When she crept back later with Sampson’s midday pills and a glass of claret, she found him in a further rage.

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