English author Jilly Cooper will appear on BBC’s Pointless Celebrities today. The 82-year-old began her career as a journalist before writing several erotic and romance novels. Her CV contains famous books including Rutshire Chronicles and international bestseller Riders from 1985.
The real sex life behind Jilly Cooper’s books
When Ms Cooper’s work was first published in the 1980s, the content was received as shocking but fresh by the public.
But in the era of #MeToo, the author’s views may not be as welcome as they were back then.
In an old interview, Ms Cooper claimed she “loved being groped as a young woman”.
However, she has later said: “I feel awful about this. You have to realise that somebody making a pass at you had to be attractive.
“Obviously an attractive man, you want them to make a pass at you, don’t you?
“But now I think, even if somebody attractive makes a pass at you, lots of women say ‘go away’, don’t they?”
In an interview with the Irish Times in 2016 she drew in men such as Cliff Richard and Lord Bramall, against whom allegations ran into the sand.
She said: “It just seems a pity that for £100,000, an awful lot of girls can say ‘he groped me back in the ’70s or something’.
“Tricky one. It could easily not be true, couldn’t it?”
She also recalled the era as a time of endless fun.
Ms Cooper added: “Everybody was having sex with everybody, I think. It was such a fun time.”
When asked whether she was included in the “everybody” having sex, she replied: “Oh people used to come up to Leo [husband form 1961 until his death in 2013] and me and say ‘will you come to bed with us?’
“And so we used to say no, but there was an awful lot going on.”
She told the Polaroid camera had just been discovered and “that’s what got everybody going”.
Speaking of the camera, she added: “Everybody was taking photographs of each other without any clothes on.”