Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS - Jump! by Jilly Cooper

Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS - Jump! by Jilly Cooper

Article excerpt

Never eat at restaurants where they picture the food on the menu. Steer clear of books which explain the characters in a glossary.

If you have to give your customers an idea in advance of what to expect, then it follows that your cooking/narrative may not be up to scratch.

However, when it comes to Jilly Cooper's latest novel, Jump!

(Bantam, £18.99), I will excuse anything. I don't care about the 80-strong cast-list, including a tree surgeon called Woody and a Lothario named Shagger Simmons.

I don't care about the long list of animals, most of which perish. I wouldn't even have minded if Jilly had thrown in a Pakistani Muslim called Rafiq who is radicalised at an FE college in the Midlands and, after a failed bomb plot, is sent to an open prison where he takes part in a scheme pairing inmates with retired racehorses and so nurses back to health an injured gelding before leaping on its back and over the prison wall. …

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