Jump! - Jilly Cooper

CAST OF CHARACTERS

WOODY ADAMS

A delectable Willowwood tree surgeon.

EDWARD ALDERTON

Rupert Campbell-Black’s nineteen-year-old American grandson, a gilded brat and former flat jockey who’s spending a year at his grandfather’s yard in England to try his luck at National Hunt racing.

PARIS ALVASTON

Dora Belvedon’s boyfriend and ice-cool Adonis, now in Upper Sixth at Bagley Hall and dickering between Cambridge and RADA.

ANGEL

The youngest stable lass at Marius Oakridge’s yard, Throstledown.

ARIELLA

The new young mistress of Bluebell Hill.

CHRISTOPHER AND CHRISTINE ASHBY

Known as Chris and Chrissie. Landlord and lady of the Fox, Willowwood’s pub.

SETH BAINTON

Drop-dead gorgeous actor, known as Mr Bulging Crotchester, who with his considerably older and more famous mistress, actress Corinna Waters, lives part of the year in Willowwood in a house inappropriately called the Old Rectory. Seth and Corinna have an open partnership.

SAMPSON BANCROFT

A hugely successful field marshal of industry specializing in property and engineering. A charismatic shit, whose failing health in no way diminishes his ability to bully and control.

ETTA BANCROFT

Sampson’s delightful but dreadfully downtrodden wife.

MARTIN BANCROFT

Sampson and Etta’s self-regarding son, who gives up the City in favour of fundraising with a celebrity-tapping bias. Has houses in Chiswick and Willowwood.

ROMY BANCROFT

Martin’s even smugger wife, who makes a fetish about being a stay- at-home mum. Despite enchanting looks, an egomaniac.

DRUMMOND BANCROFT

Martin and Romy’s fiendish five-year-old son.

POPPY BANCROFT

Martin and Romy’s four-year-old applause junkie.

CARRIE BANCROFT

Martin’s sister. Workaholic – hugely successful in the City, a failure as a wife and mother. Prefers to be known by her maiden name but in reality is Mrs Alan Macbeth. Houses in Knightsbridge and Willowwood.

BERTIE AND RUBY BARACLOUGH

Bedding billionaire and his jolly wife. A devoted couple and very new racehorse owners.

DORA BELVEDON

Fifteen-year-old smart cookie. Besotted with horses, dogs and Paris Alvaston. Has a somewhat dubious ability to flog stories to the national press, redeemed by an extremely kind heart.

LESTER BOLTON

As short in inches as he is on charm. Internet tycoon specializing in porn. Has recently acquired romantic Primrose Cottage in Willowwood.

CINDY BOLTON

Lester’s child bride, an extremely successful porn star.

BRUNHILDA

An Animal Rights activist. JOHNNIE BRUTUS A narcissistic Irish jockey.

RUPERT CAMPBELL-BLACK

Owner/trainer who bestrides the racing world like a colossus. Despite being in his mid-fifties, still Mecca for most women.

TAGGIE CAMPBELL-BLACK

His enchanting second wife, an angel.

XAVIER CAMPBELL-BLACK

Rupert and Taggie’s adopted Colombian son – a point-to-point rider.

BIANCA CAMPBELL-BLACK

Rupert and Taggie’s ravishing adopted Colombian daughter, best friend of Dora Belvedon.

ABERDARE ‘DARE’ CATSWOOD

A complacent, handsome amateur jockey with a very rich father.

JAMIE CATSWOOD

Dare’s brother, later pupil assistant to Harvey-Holden.

BLUEY CHARTERIS

Rupert Campbell-Black’s retained jockey, about to retire – every jockey in the land wants his job.

COLLIE

Marius Oakridge’s long-suffering head lad.

LADY CROWE (NANCY)

Martinet, MFH (Master of Fox Hounds) and Marius Oakridge’s most loyal owner.

MAJOR NORMAN CUNLIFFE

Retired bank manager who has wormed his way on to every committee in Willowwood. Closet letch, despite respectable exterior.

DEBBIE CUNLIFFE

The Major’s wife. A bossyboots and madly competitive gardener. Known as Direct Debbie because of her appalling lack of tact.

JOEY EAST

A wonderful builder and jack of all trades. Part of the Terrible Trio syndicate with Woody and Jase, Joey has just landed a plum job masterminding the complete gutting and rebuilding of Valent Edwards’s house, Badger’s Court.

MARY EAST

Known as Mop Idol, Joey’s very comely wife who cleans for the Travis-Locks and Seth and Corinna when they’re down in Willowwood.

VALENT EDWARDS

Brusque but intensely charismatic widower and a man of the people in his middle sixties. Ex-Premier League goalkeeper remembered for his legendary save in Cup Final. Leaving football, his hawk-like goalkeeper’s eyes have found gaps in every market, making him a major player on the world stage. Valent has caused huge excitement in Willowwood, buying the big house, Badger’s Court.

TILDA FLOOD

The village schoolmistress – excellent and loving primary