Tackle! cover

Published: 2023

#11 in the series


An instant Sunday Times bestseller

Rupert Campbell-Black, all-conquering racehorse owner-trainer and handsomest man in England, is in the darkest of places. His adored wife, Taggie, is about to undergo chemotherapy. His beloved leading stallion has been assassinated.

Now his daughter Bianca is badgering him to buy into a failing local football club, Searston Rovers, so he can sign up her superstar striker boyfriend, Feral Jackson, and he and Bianca can return home from Perth to look after Taggie.

Rupert dislikes football and his first impressions of Searston are distinctly unfavourable. But as their new and indelibly competitive Chairman, he won’t stand for anything less than an Everest climb to the top of the Premier League.

With the help of the club’s ravishing and adorable secretary, Tember West, and his sassy Press Officer, Dora Belvedon, he becomes increasingly fond of his riotous mix of players, despite bawling them out whenever they face defeat.

Rupert’s explosive arrival at Searston causes outrage, so the fights are as furious off the field as on – particularly when glamorous WAGS flood in to stir up trouble and lust after Rupert.

Nor do the rival local football team, their duplicitous chairman and their corrupt dealings make things easier – let the scandals, sabotage and seductions begin…

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A giddy, sexy, exuberant romp of a story...a total tonic, offering the sort of glorious escapism we're all desperately in need of

Daisy Buchanan

It's pure escapism - the perfect antidote to the read world, full of warmth, wit and Rupert Campbell-Black

Sunday Express

A breathless plot that [...] sizzles with all the scandal, scheming and saucy shenanigans a reader could hope for

The Mail on Sunday

Won't disappoint her many fans: bonking, balls and Campbell-Black. All present and incorrect

Sir Ian Rankin

Bursting with fun, puns, and shenanigans

Jill Mansell

If you loved Riders, and binge-watched Ted Lasso, then this is your dream novel. Pitch perfect and utterly swoon-worthy. Jilly is a genius

Clare Pooley

I felt my mood perceptibly improve over the few days of reading... The only problem with Tackle! is that you have to ration yourself or you'll gobble it up in one go

The Telegraph

A fabulous feast of fun, frolics and football

Jo Thomas

A jolly jolt of Jilly on a cold autumn day

The Times

The queen of British bonkbusters

The Economist

Jilly is back on fine form bringing the world of football to brilliant life. A read that was fleet of foot and contained plenty of last minute surprises ... I loved it

Cesca Major

Pure escapism - who could ask for more?

Daily Express

Pitch perfect


Clever and enormous fun to read

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It's the literary equivalent of enjoying a rich pudding, you know it's stuffed full of fat and sugar but quite frankly it's worth it. So, buy, read and enjoy every calorific chapter, go on, have fun!

Emma H.

This book was everything I expected and wanted, another romping success from the Queen of the bonk buster; I will forever be grateful to her for the gorgeous, charming love rat that is Rupert.


Loved this book so much that although I have have read the whole Rupert Campbell Black series, and I now have the urge to re-read them all! 🤣


I have waited soooo long for this to be published, binge read it in no time, what am I going to do now?