Born in London in 1937, Jilly became a journalist and wrote popular columns for the Mail on Sunday and The Sunday Times. This led to the publication of her first book, How to Stay Married, in 1969. It was quickly followed by a guide to working life, How to Survive from Nine to Five, in 1970. Her columns were successful enough to merit some of her journalism being collected into a single volume, Jolly Super, in 1971. Jilly Cooper is the international bestselling author of novels such as Riders, Polo and Wicked!, and a number of non-fiction books.
A regular on TV and radio, Jilly is also a well-known lover of animals and was one of the founding patrons for the Animals in War Memorial campaign. This led to the erection of a monument to animals in war which stands on Park Lane in London. Jilly was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2004 and was married to Leo Cooper, a publisher of military history books, from 1961 until his death in 2013. She lives in Gloucestershire.
Her latest book, Mount! was published by Bantam Press on September 8th, 2016.
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