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date: 27 February 2021

Cooper, Jilly, (Mrs Leo Cooper) free

CBE 2018 (OBE 2004)

Born 21 Feb. 1937; d of Brig. W. B. Sallitt, OBE, and Mary Elaine Whincup; m 1961, Leo Cooper (d 2013); one s one d



Godolphin Sch., Salisbury


Reporter, Middlesex Independent, Brentford, 1957–59; followed by numerous short-lived jobs as account executive, copy writer, publisher’s reader, receptionist, puppy fat model, switchboard wrecker, and very temporary typist. Columnist: Sunday Times, 1969–82; Mail on Sunday, 1982–87. Hon. DLitt: Gloucester, 2009; Anglia Ruskin, 2011. Outstanding Achievement Award, Romantic Novelists’ Assoc., 2018; Lifetime Achievement Award, Comedy Women in Print, 2019


How to Stay Married, 1969, rev. edn 2011; How to Survive from Nine to Five, 1970 (new edn as Work and Wedlock, 1978); Jolly Super, 1971; Men and Super Men, 1972; Jolly Super Too, 1973; Women and Super Women, 1974 (new edn as Super Men and Super Women, 1977); Jolly Superlative, 1975; Super Jilly, 1977; Class, 1979; The British in Love, 1980; (with Tom Hartman) Violets and Vinegar, 1980; Supercooper, 1980; Intelligent and Loyal, 1981, re-issued as Mongrel Magic, 1981; Jolly Marsupial, 1982; (with Imperial War Museum) Animals in War, 1983; The Common Years, 1984; Leo and Jilly Cooper on Cricket, 1985; (with Patrick Lichfield) Hot Foot to Zabrieskie Point, the Unipart Calendar Book, 1985; How to Survive Christmas, 1986; Leo and Jilly Cooper on Horse Mania, 1986; Turn Right at the Spotted Dog, 1987; Angels Rush In, 1990; novels: Emily, 1975; Bella, 1976; Harriet, 1976; Octavia, 1977; Prudence, 1978; Imogen, 1978; Riders, 1985 (televised, 1993); Rivals, 1988; Polo, 1991; The Man who made Husbands Jealous, 1993 (televised, 1995); Araminta’s Wedding, 1993; Appassionata, 1996; Score, 1999; Pandora, 2002; Wicked!, 2006; Jump!, 2010; Mount!, 2016; short stories: Love and Other Heartaches, 1981, re-printed as Lisa and Co., 1982; for children: Little Mabel, 1980; Little Mabel’s Great Escape, 1981; Little Mabel Wins, 1982; Little Mabel Saves the Day, 1985


merry-making, wild flowers, music, mongrels, greyhounds


c/o Curtis Brown, Haymarket House, 28–29 Haymarket SW1Y 4SP