Jilly Cooper … and a pal named Monica.

Jilly CooperBest-selling novelist Jilly Cooper started out as a journalist and non-fiction writer before turning her hand to writing fiction. She published her first novel in 1975. Jilly Cooper’s best known work is a series of romantic novels called The Rutshire Chronicles the first of which Riders appeared in 1986.She was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to literature.

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Jilly Cooper generally works in a 17th Century gazebo at the bottom of her garden and uses an old manual typewriter called Monica. She has attached a pair of scissors to Monica for cutting and pasting.
In a 2010 video interview for her novel Jump she describes how she first acquired Monica.

In another interview for the Daily Telegraph she talked about her routine on a typical working day … I get up at 7am. I cook chicken and fish for my four cats and sausages or beef for Feather my greyhound. Then I grind up croissants, fruit cake and breadcrumbs and feed the birds. I help Leo (her husband) get dressed and see that he has his pills. So I’m very busy at the start of the day and I can’t get out of the house in less than two hours. After that I walk Feather along the valley for miles. It gives me time to think. I take a diary with me because I am sometimes struck with inspiration and need to write down my thoughts. When I get back I look through my post – I get about 20 letters a day. I seldom start work before noon. I write until 4 or 5pm. I write in two rooms. One is a gazebo at the bottom of the garden, which has beautiful views of the valley, and the other is a room at the top of the house. I use an old typewriter called Monica. I bought her in about 1987 and all my big books from Rivals onwards have been written on her. I use scissors to cut and paste when I need to move things about. I know using a computer would be much easier but there is always a danger of accidentally wiping the whole thing …

Click here to read the full interview.

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2 responses to “Jilly Cooper … and a pal named Monica.

  1. I’d like to meet Jilly Cooper.

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