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Polo Hardcover – Sep 1 1991


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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (Sept. 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593018362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593018361
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #814,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Polo is the best thing she's every done"
-Lynda Lee-Potter, Daily Mail

"Compulsively readable and funny...the irrepressible Jilly remains irresistible"
-Joseph Connolly, The Times

"The world of smart women, handsome army officers, romantic school girls, lustful grooms, insecure wives... they have fire in their bellies (and generally in their groins too) and a massive appetite for life"
-Nicholas Coleridge, Sunday Times


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"Polo is the best thing she's every done"
-Lynda Lee-Potter, Daily Mail

"Compulsively readable and funny...the irrepressible Jilly remains irresistible"
-Joseph Connolly, The Times

"The world of smart women, handsome army officers, romantic school girls, lustful grooms, insecure wives... they have fire in their bellies (and generally in their groins too) and a massive appetite for life"
-Nicholas Coleridge, Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
The third in the series of Jilly Cooper's wonderfully hilarious Campbell-Black books - although this is the one in which things really depart quite markedly from Rupert Campbell-Black's life and he becomes a bit player in everyone elses story.
Like all other books in the series the plot is set around one theme - in this case Polo. The main characters are Ricky France-Lynch, fabulous but moody English Polo-Playing star, and Perdita Macleod- the stroppy young English school-girl who longs for Ricky almost as much as she longs to play polo. Their stories and those of dozens of other hugely likeable and wildly flawed characters interweave in wonderfully satisfying and hilarious story. No one in is perfect in Jilly Cooper world - which makes for great reading.
You don't really have to have read the first two books in the series to know what is going on here. Most of the characters are new and this is a whole new plot so you really won't have missed out on much. The few characters that to turn up again are explained briefly anyway. However, if you haven't already read Riders or Rivals, the first two books in this series, then get thee to a library.
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Format: Paperback
"Riders" was my first introduction to Jilly Cooper as a horse-crazed teenager, but since then I've enjoyed most of her books, not just the horsey ones. That said, "Riders" and "Polo" are my favorites! Coming from the show-jumping world myself, where "Riders" centers, I didn't know (or care) much about the upper-crust world of polo. That all changed once I entered the world of Perdita, Luke, and Ricky! Sure, Perdita's often an extremely unsympathetic character -- but aren't we all? Her all-too-human tendencies are what make her such an engrossing character, and even though she doesn't seem to deserve a saint like Luke -- isn't that what we all hope for? A person who can look past our failings. While another reader calls her characters one-dimensional, I strongly disagree. Jilly has created characters that readers such as myself absolutely PRAY will show up again in future books -- it's that hard to put them away at the end. You don't create that kind of interest in one-dimensional characters. Please, Jilly, keep writing about these people we love! And while you're at it, write another horsey book!
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Format: Paperback
Even in the context of trash wallow, beach books, guilty pleasures, or glitz and glamor novels, _Polo_ stands out as much worse than the average of its type.

The one dimensional characters will be familiar to readers of _Riders_ or _Rivals_. Our heroine is an impossibly nasty adolescent, our hero is an impossibly saintly nice guy, whom our heroine tramples over until...

Cooper's repeated expressions of contempt for characters who aren't young, rich, shapely, beautiful or members of the British upper crust are more than a little tedious.

Actually, for American readers the book does have entertainment value. Cooper, an Englishwoman has little knowledge of American speech patterns or geography. One can have a great deal of fun reading the howlers--to wit: his face was as craggy as a face carved on Mt. Vernon???

If you want a good trashy novel to take on vacation, try Cooper's earlier novels noted above, or try Judith Krantz, or Jackie Collins but avoid this tiresome novel.
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By A Customer on Feb. 19 2000
Format: Paperback
I loved this book as well as Rivals and Riders (my favorite) Now those being the only ones I have read, I see a striking similarity between the characters both physically and personality wise. Helen, Maude, and Chessie both sound exactly alike in their appearance and Maude, Chessie, and Janie all have the exact same personalities. Fen, Cameron, and Perdita all play the same characters though Fen is the most likable. They even sound the same appearance wise, very waifish with spiky short hair(is the schoolboy look some kind of fetish in the eighties?) Jake is like Ricky, very talented, but with many hardships along the way. Bas is Rupert (though they actually are friends) Billy is Luke, and so on and so on. Don't get me wrong, I love the books, it is just odd.
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By B. Carrington on March 28 2001
Format: Paperback
Enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining! Cooper's characters are colorful and fresh, and stay that way until the very end. I also applaud her ability to weave her story from a sport that very few know much about. For those that are new to the game, polo (the sport) is a true drama; not only of egoes and money, but more importantly of horse lovers(wealthy or not). It is a drama that Cooper manages to credibly capture; not only from the sidelines, but from those involved on the field as well(players, grooms and patrons). Jilly you most certainly did your homework! As warm weather comes, Polo is one of those books you may find yourself reading each summer again and again. Humor, romance, tradgedy, and action. There is something in it for everyone.
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By A Customer on Aug. 12 1999
Format: Paperback
Jilly Cooper writes a book in the one-time bestseller style readers in America ate up with a spoon--chock full of fascinating characters, real human dilemmas, and glamorous action. You can virtually never find them now from American publishers. The characters are delightfully riveting, some good, some bad, but always totally alive, and I especially liked the character of Daisy, the mother, though Perdita was largely a pill apart from her love of animals, and had to learn to be a better human being in the course of the book. Luke was the man every woman wants for her very own.
Jilly Cooper is a supreme spinner of tales!
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