Transworld is publishing Jilly Cooper’s new novel, Mount!, under its imprint Bantam Press on 8th September 2016.
Cooper's new novel will be set in the "glamorous and fiercely competitive" world of flat racing.
The book takes a cast of characters old and new, including "iconic" character Rupert Campbell-Black, to Rutshire and massive race meetings in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Dubai. The plot follows Campbell-Black's ambition is to become "Champion Trainer of the year" and for his favourite stallion, Love Rat, to be named Leading Sire, in spite of "sabotage, skulduggery and bad behaviour" lying in wait for him "at every turn".
Cooper explained: "The Leading Sire of the year is the horse whose progeny or offspring have won the most races or more importantly, clocked up the most prize money. Rupert is raging round the world taking Love Rat’s progeny to compete in the richest races and it’s beginning to endanger his marriage. Lots of human nookie goes on in the book but I was almost more fascinated by the equine nookie. One stallion only fancies greys so a white sheet has to be put over any coloured mares!"
Cooper is a journalist and author, living in Gloucestershire. Her books have sold over 12m copies, according to Transworld.