Yes, yes, I know the list is growing and I also know that none of the previous recipients of my kind and generous offers have yet responded but, dammit, I live in hope. Anyway, the lucky lady I have chosen today is Ms. Jilly Cooper. There may be a teeny-weensy problem with the baby-bearing part of my plan given, as I learned last night on the radio, that she has just celebrated her 80th birthday! Still, dammit, she's an upper-middle-class lady of sterling spirit so I'm sure that where there's a will, there's a way!
I sort of 'know' her from her reputation as a highly successful writer of what are usually classified as 'bonk-busters'! Alas, whilst I might have been tempted by the 'bonking' bit, I gather that most of her yarns are set in country houses amongst the huntin', shootin', fishin' and ridin' set - ooops, I forgot to add 'bonkin' as well! Anyway, being a lower middle-class oik, myself, all of that stuff (except the bonkin') is way above my social station.
Even so, from various bits and pieces picked up via the 'meeja', I gather that she is a very jolly lady - the photo catches her spirit exactly - and despite all the naughtiness in her books she remained married to her husband for over 50 years. Anyway, last night as I was half dozing in bed with Radio5 plugged into my ear, they interviewed her to celebrate her birthday. What a jolly lady! Very bright and very funny and absolutely charming.
Definitely, she deserves me!