Thursday, 2 June 2011

My Bookshelves...

This week I’m picking up on the bookshelf feature I started at the end of April, when I talked about Ruby Ferguson, one of my very favourite authors and showed off my prized collection of first editions. Next up on this feature, I’d like to talk about Jilly Cooper, who rocked my world when in 1985 she published her blockbuster ‘Riders’.


At the time, I lived in Cheshire and was very much part of a ‘horsey set’. My horse, a handsome eventer called Charles, was stabled at livery between the Polo Club and the Cheshire Hunt stables. It was a time of competitive fun. Not that my life was anything like one of the characters in ‘Riders’ you understand - as to fund my horsey adventures I would race up the M56 everyday to work - not on my horse but in my little white sports car. But at the weekends I would be either at the livery stables or at a horsey event and everyone I met would have two things in common. (1) They would be riding a horse and (2) they would be either reading Jilly Cooper’s Riders or talking about it!


That year, Riders went straight into the bestsellers chart at number one. I loved the book and so it seemed did everyone else. So it became my number one favourite book in the world and as you can see from the photo below, I have a beautiful first edition copy on my bookshelves.


Jilly’s novels are characterised by her intricate plots, multiple storylines, characters to fall in love with, dogs and horses, glamour, wealth, sex, and her clever and unsurpassable wit. And that’s just the fiction. As you will note, I’m a big Jilly Cooper fan!





 
A teary-eyed moment for me on Bagpipes & Bullshot launch day....



What is your favourite book in the whole world? Please tell me - leave a comment!

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22 comments:

kitdomino said...

I love Jilly Cooper too but think my all time favourite book just has to be Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine.She combines history, timeslip, ghosts and suspense in all her books. Unputdownable, but I think she excelled in Lady of Hay.

Janice Horton said...

Hi Kit - I just checked Amazon and LOH is now available for Kindle as a 25th Anniversary edition - how fantastic is that? Thank you for telling me about your favorite book in the world. I'm going to treat myself - even though my TBR pile is crazy both in paper and e-format!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I hate to admit it, Janice, but I've never read Riders or any other J.C. book - sorry!

I do, however, like Barbara Erskine. My favourite all time book is Jane Eyre.

Janice Horton said...

Well, Rosemary, you are missing a treat not having read JC. I have read Jane Eyre - although not recently - but it's there on the shelf!

Melanie said...

I'm another one who can honestly say they've never read Jilly Cooper. But I can say I did do a lot of horseback riding when I was a teenager.

Wonderful post as always.

Jan Sprenger said...

Janice - I'm right there with you over JC. The first one of hers I ever read was Harriet, swiftly followed by Prudence (my favourite) etc. It's because of JC that I started to write - because she wrote romance with HUMOUR and that's what I wanted to do! Loved Riders too and agree with Kitdomino - Lady of Hay is a FAB read.

Anne Gallagher said...

Well, I've never read her but I sure will now. I love horses and glamour, dogs and all that great stuff. Thanks for the tip.

And congrats on the #26 slot. Not bad!

Talli Roland said...

Oh, wow, I love that screen shot! Can you believe I've never read any Jilly Cooper? I know, I know.

I adore 'The Time Traveller's Wife'.

Pauline Barclay said...

Great to see your book next to JC...whow, no wonder a tear moment! x

Janice Horton said...

Hi Melanie - I think that JC is very much a 'British Institution' and hasn't travelled the Atlantic too well. Great to know you were a horsy type of girl too!

Janice Horton said...

Jan - me too! Humour goes really well with romance - it heightens the tension or breaks it. It's a perfect union!

Janice Horton said...

Your'e welcome Anne - I'm glad to introduce you to JC. I tried to leave a comment on your blog - but Blogger wouldn't let me . Grrr!

Janice Horton said...

Hi Talli - YES- The Time Travellers Wife was so clever and hauntingly so...

Janice Horton said...

Pauline, yes, you can see why after all these years it meant sooooo much to be next to JC in the rankings. I eventually got to #19 that day but #26 next to Jilly was the highlight for me!

Glynis said...

Fond memories of Cheshire, my son got married there in 2009. Anyway, I love Little Women and have a copy my grandfather gave my mother. I also love The Time Traveller's Wife. (Disliked the film--did not do justice to the book imho).

Suzy Turner said...

Hi Janice!
I grew up reading Jilly Cooper's books... in fact I credit her with my learning all about life! I guess I was probably around 11 when I started reading them! Great stuff. I can imagine how tearful you must have felt at that moment on amazon... fantastic!
I've just bought your book and I'm looking forward to reading it!
Good luck & best wishes
Suzy Turner
http://suzyturner.blogspot.com

Jo Gards said...

I am half way through Riders, I was only 1 in 1985 when it was published but being from Gloucestershire and having a horsey curiosity I thought it was high time I got stuck into Jilly's books. I have also purchased Rival's, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous and Jump! I cannot wait to get through them all; Jilly's writing is truly wonderful!

Janice Horton said...

Glynis - I still have lots of family in Cheshire. How lovely to have an old family copy of Little Women.

Janice Horton said...

Suzi - I'm glad you enjoy Jilly too - yes, her books are a bit of an education lol! Thank you so very much for downloading Bagpipes & BUllshot - I hope you enjoy it. x

Janice Horton said...

Jo - you were one year old in 1985? Now I feel old! Great that the JC books span the years tho'. After Riders it's a dead heat between Rivals and Polo for me. Enjoy! x

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Firstly, a very late congratulations on celebrating your wedding anniversary the other week. Hope you had a lovely time.

I've just downloaded Bagpipes and Bullshot onto my Kindle after reading about in on loveahappyending.com - it's sounds fantastic! I live in Northumberland and we visit the Highlands every year. Also, I based my own novel in the Scottish Borders, not far from where I live, a most beautiful part of the world.

Nice to meet you.
Kathryn (aka Crystal Jigsaw)

Janice Horton said...

Hi Kathryn - I'm soooo thrilled you downloaded Bagpipes & Bullshot - thank you very much. I hope you enjoy it. Of course Northumberland, like Scotland, has a wild beauty but I'm intrigued to know more about your Borders book - so please let me know more. You can always email me at janice.horton@btinternet.com