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Laughing all the way to the bonkPandoraJilly CooperBantam Press 1799 pp558It would be fruitless to summarise the plot of Pandora Jilly Coopers new novel for the book is too long and the story too silly It is however possible to offer a paradigm plot for all of Coopers novels which fits Pandora snuglyIt goes something like this driven by desire The Archetypal Shit who has manganese-blue eyes couples with The Beautiful Young Thing who has eyes like huge green traffic lights Mad with jealousy The Trustafarian who has huge hazel eyes like amber traffic lights impales herself on The Superstud who has Cambridge-blue eyes Keen to make her way in the world the Tempting Temp who has eyes the colour of love-in-a-mist pleasures the Slightly Overweight Millionaire who has bright blue eyes Et cetera et ceteraMeanwhile in the brief intercoital pauses upper-class life goes about its arduous duties In the bosomy Cotswold landscape girls called Laetitia or Fenella trot round gymkhanas on fat ponies called Snowball or Stardust Their braying mothers sluice themselves in Chanel No 5 start suckling the gin bottle at breakfast and dream wistfully of their lissom youths Rubicund colonels get tight on vodka martinis in country houses and adolescent rakehells plunder the ranks of the debs who are only too happy to be rogered by Toby or Percy or Henry providing hes got enough cash to back up his bangingSex money power it sounds a simple enough recipe It is And its one which Cooper has deployed with almost no variation over the course of seven bestselling bonkbusting novels Fair enough - if it aint broke dont fix it About the only thing that has changed between books indeed is the milieu For each new novel Cooper has selected a differently glamorous world in which her stories can unfurl Thus Riders was set in showjumping Rivals in TV Appassionata and Score in classical music and so onThe backdrop for Pandora is
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