The Common Years cover

Published: 1984


The Common Years

During the ten years she lived at the edge of Putney Common Jilly Cooper walked daily on this expanse of green.

For most of the time she lived there she kept a diary, noting the effects of the changing seasons and writing about her encounters with dogs and humans.

This book is a distillation of those diaries: an affectionate and enthralling portrait – warts and all – of everyday life on Putney Common.

Never has Jilly Cooper written more lyrically about flowers, trees, birds and the natural world; more tellingly about the sorrows – as well as the joys – of caring for dogs and children; or more outrageously about the gossip, illicit romances and jealousies of life in a small community.

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So observant...a delightful book

Daily Express

An entrancing book

Daily Mail

A brilliant and beloved book and absolutely unputdownable

Elizabeth Longford

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Thank-you for such a super book, I was walking with you and your dogs on the Common and meeting up with all these great characters. Such wonderful stories.

Margaret W.

Jilly Cooper ticks all the boxes with humour, patience, family, her lovely dogs, tears and I think of her walking on the Common when I am walking my own Labrador.

Bernie P.

I just finished “The Common Years” which made me laugh and cry equally.

Nancy D.

I'm a fan of Jilly Coopers books but this was most unexpected, a gentle and witty recounting of life in Putney and a mixed bag of characters, both human and canine.