Dame Jilly Cooper: Honor Feels 'Orgasmic'

Dame Jilly Cooper receives prestigious royal accolade at Windsor.

by Nouman Rasool
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Dame Jilly Cooper: Honor Feels 'Orgasmic'
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Knighted British author Dame Jilly Cooper feels "orgasmic" over being knighted by King Charles. His ceremony at Windsor Castle was a significant return to performing royal duties for Charles after his diagnosis of cancer. Dame Jilly was at the age of 87 and receiving the award for both her works in literature and charity, an award symbolizing a career that had started back in 1975.

She was most famous for the Rutshire Chronicles that focused on stories of scandal and infidelity in the British aristocracy, with one of the most prominent characters being Rupert Campbell-Black, through whom she based a majority of her stories.

Bestsellers from her include "Riders," "Rivals," "Polo," "Mount!," and "The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous." Her last published novel, "Tackle!," is from 2023 and is a nominee for the best fiction category of this year's British Book Awards.

Asked how it felt to receive the prestigious award, Dame Jilly told the PA news agency she was over the moon and it had all taken her completely by surprise. "I never dreamed in a million years it would happen, and it just has so it's lovely," she said.

She also reminisced about her previous encounter with the King, which includes meeting him at his wedding.

Jilly Cooper's Continuing Legacy

Alongside her literary triumph, it seems that Dame Jilly is reaching new audiences for her works through other media too.

Take, for example, the novel "Rivals," published in 1988, which will see its eight-episode series debut soon on Disney+. With an all-British cast, it includes stars such as Alex Hassell, David Tennant, Aidan Turner, Emily Atack, and Danny Dyer.

Early pictures from the filming have generated a lot of chatter, with Dame Jilly herself telling the Wetherby News that the adaptation is "absolutely sensational. The author also ruminated on her long career and what has kept it going.

In this, she says it was "luck," and the fact that she's always tried to write "happy books." The tales she wrote were things that will "bring joy and laughter to the readers.". Dame Shirley Conran, 91, also died this week after receiving her own royal honor.

Like Cooper, Conran was another brilliant member of the literary world who'd contributed loads to British literature and culture. Dame Jilly Cooper: Musing over a brilliant career and looking into brand new adaptations of her work, Dame Jilly Cooper's influence on literature and entertainment keeps getting wider acclamation across the board.

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