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At Bagley Hall, a notoriously wild, but increasingly academic, independent, crammed with the children of the famous, trouble is afoot. The ambitious and fatally attractive headmaster, Hengist Brett-Taylor, hatches a plan to share the facilities of his school with Larkminster Comprehensive - known locally, as 'Larks'. His reasons for doing so are purely financial, but he is encouraged by the opportunities the scheme gives him for frequent meetings with Janna Curtis, the dynamic new head of Larks, who has been drafted in to save what is a fast-sinking school from closure. Janna is young, pretty, enthusiastic and vastly brave - and she will do anything to rescue her demoralised, run-down and cash-strapped school. Neither parents nor staff of either school are too keen on this radical move, although some can see the possible financial advantages. For the students, however, it offers great opportunities to get up to even more mayhem than usual.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 1008 pages
  • 128 x 200 x 48mm | 598.74g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552151564
  • 9780552151566
  • 97,620

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"Simply enjoy the wicked pleasures Cooper does so well" * The Observer * "My reading of Jilly Cooper's Wicked! was not guiltily pleasurable - it was just pleasurable... a brilliantly refreshing read" -- Polly Vernon * Observer * "The perfect beach companion" * Daily Mail * "A great summer read" * Daily Express * "The perfect summer read... with Cooper's trademark puns, a massive cast and lots of sex - it's a winner" * Daily Express *show more

About Jilly Cooper

Jilly Cooper is a journalist, writer and media superstar.The author of many number one bestselling novels, including Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata, Score! and Pandora, she lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, Leo, and five cats. She was appointed OBE in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her contribution to literature.show more

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"A great summer read"show more

Back cover copy

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 suh 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? 'Can there be any other beach book this summer?' Tatler 'I devoured it with as much joy as I would a bucket of pistachio ice cream. It's vintage stuff' Daily Mailshow more

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2,054 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 28% (583)
4 30% (626)
3 26% (539)
2 10% (199)
1 5% (107)
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