Etta Bancroft - sweet, kind, beautiful - adores racing and harbours a crush on one of its stars, the handsome high-handed owner-trainer Rupert Campbell-Black. When her bullying husband dies, Etta s selfish children drag her from her lovely Dorset house to live in a hideous modern bungalow in the Cotswold village of Willowwood.
One night Etta finds a horribly mutilated filly in the snow in the nearby woods. Miraculously she recovers and, by now called Mrs Wilkinson, captivates everyone in the village. DNA tests reveal her to be a spectacularly well-bred racehorse. Etta forms a village syndicate to put the filly into training, and Mrs Wilkinson becomes a star, ridden by Rupert s delectable god-daughter Amber. Then Mrs Wilkinson is entered for the Grand National. Can she be the first mare in more than fifty years, and Amber the first woman ever, to conquer this mighty race?
In Jump! we meet rich capricious owners, obsessive trainers and gallant stable lads and lasses; tough, jockeys, brave horses, and above all Mrs Wilkinson herself - hilarious, heroic and so gutsy she will gallop into our hearts forever.
About the Author
Jilly Cooper is a journalist, author and media superstar. The author of many number one bestselling novels, she lives in Gloucestershire with her husband Leo, her rescue greyhound Feather and her black cat Feral. She was appointed OBE in 2004 for services to literature, and in 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Gloucestershire for her contribution to literature and services to the County.