Published: 2002

#7 in the series


No picture ever came more beautiful than Raphael’s Pandora. Discovered by a dashing young lieutenant, Raymond Belvedon, in a Normandy Chateau in 1944, she had cast her spell over the Belvedon family – all artists and dealers – for fifty years. Hanging in a turret of their lovely Cotswold house, Pandora witnessed Raymond’s tempestuous wife Galena both entertaining a string of lovers and giving birth to her four children.

These children grow up into chilly, manipulative Jupiter, who runs the family gallery, Alizarin the high-handed loner, Jonathan, who blithely beds every beauty he paints, and superbrat Sienna, shortlisted for the Turner Prize. Pandora, meanwhile, has been locked away in her turret, increasing her colossal value by the second.

Then an exquisite stranger rolls up, claiming to be a long-lost daughter of the family and setting the three Belvedon brothers at one another’s throats. Accompanying her is Zach, her fatally glamorous American Jewish boyfriend, whose very different agenda includes an unhealthy interest in the Raphael.

During a firework party, the painting is stolen. The hunt to retrieve it takes the reader on a thrilling journey to Vienna, Geneva, Paris, New York and London. After a nail-biting court case and a record-smashing Old Masters sale at Sotheby’s, passionate love triumphs and Pandora is restored to her rightful home.

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Cooper's sheer exuberance and energy are contagious...

The Times

The whole thing is a riot - vastly superior to anything else in a glossy cover

Daily Telegraph

This is Jilly in top form with her most sparkling novel to date

Evening Standard

One reads her for her joie de vivre, her maudlin romanticism, her love of arty references and her razor sharp sense of humour. Oh, and the sex

New Statesman

Full of fun and sex – and quite unputdownable. This is Jilly at her irrepressible best

Publishing News

Pandora is the best book Jilly has produced since Rivals…the action is priceless

Sunday Express

Like Harvey Nicks and the promise of romantic dalliance, she frees you from the daily drudge and deposits you in an alternative universe where love, sex and laughter rule

Independent on Sunday

Pandora is the best book Jilly has produced since Rivals…the action is priceless

Sunday Express

Triumphantly good

The Sunday Times

There is enough plot for several novels here (enough sex for dozens), all vividly conveyed in the author's excitable style…Her many fans will not be disappointed

Literary Review

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Classic Jilly Cooper! A warm read that delivers from start to end. Loved it.


Love Jilly Cooper Rutshire series and am working my way through and will be gutted when I finish.


I have the complete collection in paperback along with many other authors and series, so my husband bought me a kindle and i bought the whole collection again!!


What a tale, really a tangle of cobwebs which all make the intrigue so impossible to not keep on reading. Twists and turns. Amazing read. Thank you.