Wicked! Cover

Published: 2006

#8 in the series


Two schools: Bagley Hall, wild, ultra-smart independent, crammed with the children of the famous, and Larkminster Comprehensive, demoralised, cash-strapped and sinking fast.

Janna Curtis, the young, feisty and highly attractive new head, drafted in to save the failing Larkminster comp, faces a daunting task. Her pupils are out of control, her teachers bolshy, and Larks’s prime site has made it the target for greedy developers. She detests private education, but to rescue Larks she will go to any lengths – even forming a partnership with Bagley Hall and its arrogant, but utterly gorgeous headmaster, Hengist Brett-Taylor.

Hengist, in turn, knows that sharing his school’s magnificent facilities with Larkminster Comp will not only bring him vast tax concessions, it will also ensure frequent meetings with the tempestuous, but captivating Janna. Teachers and parents are horrified by such a bonding, but for the pupils, the scheme provides joyous opportunity for scandalous behaviour.

Will our heroine emerge with her heart and her school intact?

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Simply enjoy the wicked pleasures Cooper does so well


The perfect beach companion

Daily Mail

Hilarious, heart warming and intensely moving

Yorkshire Post

My reading of Jilly Cooper's Wicked! was not guiltily pleasurable - it was just pleasurable .... a brilliantly refreshing read

Polly Vernon, Observer

The perfect summer read... with Cooper's trademark puns, a massive cast and lots of sex - it's a winner

Daily Express

An absolute joy

In Dublin

Hugely gratifying in the way that only Cooper can be

Mail on Sunday

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I remember the first time I read Wicked! like it was yesterday. I loved every precious second of it. The last chapter took the longest as I tried to draw it out as long as possible.

Carol M.

Great read! Very engaging characters. Clever plot and a balance of pathos and humour. Better than watching a film. Sad it's finished.

Amy M.

Clever, exciting and a page turner. When I finished it I went back and read it through again. I couldn't bear to leave it.


It made me laugh, cry, rage and whoop over and over again!


Re-reading these books from my twenties and it's wonderful to rediscover old characters written by the fabulous Jilly Cooper.