Cooper, Jilly


Rupert Campbell-Black, undefeated race-horse owner and handsomest man in the world, is in the darkest of places. His adored wife, Taggie, is about to undergo chemotherapy, his beloved horse Love Rat has died, and now his daughter Bianca wants him to buy a languishing local football club – a sport Rupert knows nothing about – so she can return to Rutshire with her football star husband. Rupert’s first impressions of Searston Rovers are distinctly unfavourable. But swayed by Bianca and Taggie, soon Rupert has signed the deal. As Searston’s new owner, he won’t stand for anything less than victory in the Premier League, despite the odds being stacked against him. With help from the club’s ravishing and adorable secretary, Tember West, Rupert sets out to mastermind Searston’s rise to the top, starting with taking charge of the players – much to the fury of Searston’s manager.

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Publish Date: 09/11/2023


‘A giddy, sexy, exuberant romp of a story…a total tonic, offering the sort of glorious escapism we’re all desperately in need of’ – Daisy Buchanan

‘Won’t disappoint her many fans: bonking, balls and Campbell-Black. All present and incorrect’ – Ian Rankin

‘Bursting with fun, puns, and shenanigans’ – Jill Mansell


Jilly Cooper’s legendary hero returns!

Rupert Campbell-Black, all-conquering racehorse owner-trainer and handsomest man in England, is in the darkest of places. His adored wife, Taggie, is about to undergo chemotherapy. His beloved leading stallion has been assassinated.

Now his daughter Bianca is badgering him to buy into a failing local football club, Searston Rovers, so he can sign up her superstar striker boyfriend, Feral Jackson, and he and Bianca can return home from Perth to look after Taggie.

Rupert dislikes football and his first impressions of Searston are distinctly unfavourable. But as their new and indelibly competitive Chairman, he won’t stand for anything less than an Everest climb to the top of the Premier League.

With the help of the club’s ravishing and adorable secretary, Tember West, and his sassy Press Officer, Dora Belvedon, he becomes increasingly fond of his riotous mix of players, despite bawling them out whenever they face defeat.

Rupert’s explosive arrival at Searston causes outrage, so the fights are as furious off the field as on – particularly when glamorous WAGS flood in to stir up trouble and lust after Rupert?

Nor do the rival local football team, their duplicitous chairman and their corrupt dealings make things easier – let the scandals, sabotage and seductions begin?


Praise for Jilly Cooper:

‘Fun, sexy and unputdownable – a classic’ Marian Keyes
‘A combination of drama, sex and good social comedy . . . unputdownable’ Sunday Times
‘Flawlessly entertaining’ Helen Fielding
‘Jilly Cooper is the very best . . . elegant, glamorous, wonderful fun’ Daily Mail
‘Joyful and mischievous’ Jojo Moyes

Additional information

Weight 682 g
Dimensions 240 × 163 × 40 mm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


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