When carrying out my first yearling preparation in late 2003, I got to talking with the woman I was living and working with about my interest in Polo.
Honestly, I have never seen a match – whether in person or on film and I am still far from knowing all the rules but this book was suggested to me as an interesting fictional read that was focused around Polo.
I did learn the basics of the game which was great and Jilly Cooper has written in some great characters, ‘the heavenly twins’ being very amusing. The main character’s stint in Argentina I also found to be of interest in the book.
However, I decided to remove this fictional piece from my library finding the focus to be a lot more on the interrelationships between the players and rich characters that surrounded the sport.
This wouldn’t have been a concern if the writing didn’t go into so much smutty detail. It’s hardly a book I’d want a teen or younger horse fanatic to be reading.
Nor would I want one to be interested in polo and stumble across this book expecting to learn about the sport. For me reading the book once was enough.
Author: Jilly Cooper
In my library? No thanks; too much smut, not enough horses.
“A polo pony is like a motorbike with a mind of its own weighing half a ton.”