Jilly Cooper is a journalist, writer and media superstar. The author of many No.1 bestselling novels, she lives in Gloucestershire with her husband Leo, her rescue greyhound Feather and her black cat Feral.

She was appointed OBE in 2004 for services to literature, and in 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Gloucestershire for her contribution to literature and services to the County.

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I am bitterly ashamed that except for a few lines at Christmas, I have neglected my website for nearly eleven months. The eleven months is, in a way, symbolic because this is the gestation period for horses and I have in turn spent much of the time giving birth to a massive 193 page synopsis of my new novel about flat racing, which is called Leading Sire...

I have always worked in this peculiar way, liking to know where a novel is going before I actually write it which involves a ludicrous amount of research.  The problem with this way of working is that every time my sweet publishers gently suggest I bring my website up to date, I am wrestling with a difficult chapter in the synopsis, or now the book, and say I will produce something in a fortnight and of course don’t.  The nice thing about writing Leading Sire is that having written Jump! and fallen madly in love with all the people in jump racing, I now find the flat racing crowd equally enchanting and glamorous and seductively generous in their hospitality.