Portrait master Stuart McClymont photographs Jilly copper for the cover of The Sunday Times at her kitchen table with ‘Monica’ the typewriter. Bonkbuster queen Jilly Cooper 83, has been a staple of British bookshelves since the early 1970s. After her book Riders came out in 1985, Cooper has taken readers on a romp through the bedrooms of polo players, classical musicians and show jumpers. ⁠

In this week’s magazine she talks to Decca Aitkenhead about lockdown (“If I was 21 today I’d be breaking the rules. Not being able to kiss a lovely young man would be awful.”), life (“Women never stop grumbling. So many going on about the menopause) and her love of political incorrectness (“You can’t say anything about anybody now.”).⁠

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