Compliment of the Week
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. Oh no, wait, she did actually put that in.
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