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Bisley’s Dame Jilly Cooper describes receiving royal accolade as ‘orgasmic’


Author Dame Jilly Cooper has described receiving a royal honour from the King as “orgasmic”.

Ms Cooper,87, was made a dame for her services to literature and charity on Tuesday.

She’s best known for her Rutshire Chronicles series, published in the 1980s.

Asked how it felt to receive the honour, Dame Jilly told the PA news agency: “Orgasmic! Just terribly exciting and nice.

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Jilly Cooper at her home in Bisley in 2007. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“I never dreamed in a million years it would happen and it just has, so it’s lovely.

“I think it’s incredible, magical for me. I was thrilled to bits. Writers work so hard… We do work hard. Books are terribly important, they cheer people up.”

Dame Jilly said it was “lovely” to see the King again after the pair previously met at His Majesty’s wedding.

Born in Essex, she moved to Bisley in 1982 where she has previously said she had written in a summerhouse at the bottom of her manor house’s garden on a manual typewriter called Monica while listening to classical music.

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