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Polo [Hardcover]

Jilly Cooper
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Sept. 1 1991
Ricky France-Lynch was moody, macho, and magnificent.  He had a large crumbling estate, a nine-goal polo handicap, and a beautiful wife who was fair game for anyone with a chequebook.  He also had the adoration of fourteen-year-old Perdita MacLeod.  Perdita couldn't wait to leave her dreary school and become a polo player.  The polo set were ritzy, wild, and gloriously promiscuous.  Perdita thought she'd get along with them very well.

But before she had time to grow up, Ricky's life exploded into tragedy, and Perdita turned into a brat who loved only her horses--and Ricky France-Lynch.

Ricky's obsession to win back his wife, and Perdita's to win both Ricky and a place as a top-class polo player, take the reader on a wildly exciting journey--to the estancias of Argentina, to Palm Beach and Deauville, and on to the royal polo fields of England and the glamorous pitches of California where the most heroic battle of all is destined to be fought--a match that is about far more than just the winning of a huge silver cup...


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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A "10 goal" story! March 29 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Polled Over! March 11 2001
Format:Paperback
Polo comes after Riders and Rivals. It maintains the same backdrop and high flying jet setting lifestyle. Cooper maintains the humour and raunchy goings on as her last novels. However, the main character of Polo is Perdita, with whom I gradually began to loathe.
However, Polo is good escapism, with some really good twists and turns in the plot. I have always felt that some of Cooper's dialogue was contrived, and this marred my enjoyment of one of the best scenes towards the end of the book.
It's an enjoyable read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh all the way through Dec 16 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favourite May 10 2000
By Anna
Format:Paperback
Even better than Riders. Luke is the man we all dream of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars too good to put down Feb. 20 2000
Format:Paperback
i had heard of jilly cooper before i read this book but i didnt think that her books were for me, boy was i wrong. i couldent put it down i even went to the extent of bringing it into college so that i could find out what perdita was up in between my classes. it was absolutly spellbinding stuff. and as a result i have gone on to read many more of her books and loved them all. she describes everything so brilliantly that you get a perfect image of these people in your head. she brings you to a world that we all think we would love to live in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I See a Pattern Feb. 20 2000
By A Customer
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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