Jilly Cooper on becoming a dame and 'Dishy Rishi' being a fan

Author Jilly Cooper, known for her best-selling raunchy romance novels, has been made a dame in the 2024 New Year Honours list.

Speaking to the BBC after learning of the news, Dame Jilly was asked about her appointment and what it was like to know that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was among her fans.

Earlier in the year, Mr Sunak appeared on ITV’s This Morning programme and confirmed reports that he was a fan of the author, telling presenters: “You need to have escapism in life.”

Other notable names that appear the in honours list include Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis and former Rugby league player Rob Burrow.

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