Riders cover

Published: 1985

#1 in the series


Brooding hero Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands even the most difficult horse or woman is charmed, is driven by his loathing of the dashing darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black.

Having pinched each other’s horses and drunk their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences at the Los Angeles Olympics…

A classic bestseller, Riders takes the lid off international show jumping, a sport where the brave horses are almost human, but the humans behave like animals.

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Blockbusting fiction at its best

Mail on Sunday

Exhilarating, irresistible and one of our nation’s most beloved novels

Jill Mansell

Jilly Cooper is the funniest and the sharpest writer there is

Jenny Colgan

It's all here: swooning romance, skulduggery in the stables and, yes, bonking; all set in the Cotswold countryside. Tally ho!


Sex and horses: who could ask for more?

Sunday Telegraph

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Riders was the first Jilly Cooper book I read and remains my all time favourite. This is a reading must!

Sue O.

Rupert really is as fabulous as people say!


Oh my gosh, if only there'd been a Rupert around at the stables where I kept my horses... Perfect for anyone who loves both horses and chick-lit. And be honest, who could resist that combination?

Sue C.

Riders is a feast of a book – one that I have read and re-read more times than I can remember and I still come back for more. It will make you laugh and cry but, above all, it will keep you riveted from beginning to end

Penny R.

Wildly entertaining!


I love all of Jilly's books but have the fondest memories of Riders - it was the best book I've ever read!

Lisa C.

Pure racy escapism.