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Harriet Poole was shattered when her brief affair with Simon Villiers, Oxford's leading playboy, ended abruptly, leaving her penniless, alone and pregnant. Still hopelessly in love with Simon, she took baby William and buried herself in deepest Yorkshire as nanny to the children of Cory Erskine, a somewhat eccentric scriptwriter.

A whole host of visitors began to arrive to disrupt Harriet's peaceful routine: first Cory's estranged wife, Noel, then his brother, Kit, and finally, of all people, Simon....

©1976 Jilly Cooper (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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"The funniest and sharpest writer there is." (Jenny Colgan)
"The Jane Austen of our time." (Harpers & Queen)

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  • 01-22-18

Nostalgia - but still great fun

Years ago, long before the Rutshire Chronicles, Jilly Cooper published a series of one off novels. Some have stood the test of time, others less so. Harriet has made the cut, and with the passage of time now falls into two camps.
On one hand it's still the light, frothy, fun read those of us of a certain age remember and as it's well narrated here we can enjoy it again. Harriet is a clever but naive Oxford student who falls for a good looking, vain, waste of space, and ends up a single mother working as a Nanny in Yorkshire. Peopled along the way with Jilly's varied mix of characters it's actually a relaxing listen. That's one side of the coin.
On the other hand, for a new generation, it must seem as if it's arrived from a different planet, the world having changed so quickly. What are they going to make of the angst of whether or not to lose one's virginity, or keep it as a sort of wedding present for one's new husband? Or the bridge playing mother whose fear of what the neighbours will say condemns a student daughter who has 'fallen' to a home for unmarried mothers? The whole 'do not darken my door again' thing... It really isn't that long ago, but attitudes have changed dramatically.
But it's Cooper world, so you know it will all turn out ok in the end...
Thanks for starting on this series Audible. I'm hoping for Imogen, Octavia and Prudence soon - please?