Jilly Cooper novels fall into that category that high-minded readers might dismiss as frivolous and yet the books were bestsellers in their day, and continue to be much loved by those in-the-know. Romance, horses, outsized characters and lots of romping sex, all written with verve and tongue-in-cheek humour not to mention a rich sprinkling of literary allusions. Journalist Kat Brown loves them for their joie-de-vivre and founded a book club to connect up with other like-minded readers. And as is often the way, their love of Jilly Cooper unites them, but the friendships that have blossomed are what keeps them coming back for more. Listen in to hear more about this riotously fun book club. And if you only read one Jilly Cooper book, find out Kat’s favourites.
- Rivals, Polo, Harriet and Octavia by Jilly Cooper
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Seek out the Jilly Cooper Book Club using #jillybookclub on Twitter or on Facebook.
Kat Brown is on Twitter @katbrown and Instagram @katbrownwrites
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