Monday, 4 April 2011

A-Z = C for Sex Sells!

Most Americans will be familiar with bonkbuster novels written by Jackie Collins, in which she pokes fun at Hollywood's glitterati, tweaks their sparkly bits and mocks their lifestyles.

Whereas, here in the UK, the queen of bonkbuster novels is Jilly Cooper, who shreds the honesty and credibility of the upper-classes (toffs) and mocks the nouveau riche, albeit in a jolly hockey sticks kind of way.  She learned wordsmithing as a journalist and columnist, her background having afforded much knowledge of the upper-classes. She is, though, a lovely person, and a secret fan of Georgette Heyer! 

I simply adored many of her non-fiction works and loved her novels and all available through her new website inclusive extensive backlist: now on Kindle!

The most famous of her bonkbusters started with Riders culminating in a long series of outrageous novels, and the latest that of Jump

Besides her bonkbusters, Jilly has penned loads of books inclusive animal related stories.    

Anyhoo, if you've never read a Jilly Cooper bonkbuster, you've missed out on saying:

Ooooh . . . really . . . in that position.

OMG, is he for real?

What was she thinking!

You've got to be joking!

WOW! Yikes! I don't believe it!

Grief! Oh no, not him! Why?

And more . . .

Incidentally, if you're considering a new pseudonym you might do well with J and C 

Jackie Collins, her sister Joan Collins and Jilly Cooper all famous.  Tempting, ain't it?

  I'm also at Heroines' with Hearts today talking about writing whilst music on the ether, and emotions stirred by such !


J.L. Campbell said...

I do have a Jilly Cooper novel at home but I haven't read it yet. I better dust it off and get reading for some thrills. Didn't ever realize she was British. Where have I been?

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Okay, now I have to rush to amazon and look for one of these books!

Thanks for helping me spread the word about the fest.

Clarissa Draper said...

Oh, I went with Clarissa Draper! However, I write mysteries. I haven't read many books in this genre but I would like to say some of those things about the books I read.

Francine Howarth said...

Hi ladies,

Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Wendy: you're welcome.


Michael Di Gesu said...

She sounds like a FUN writer. I love when writers 'give it' to the noveaus who think they're better than everyone else.

I was raised in a society like that. Old money, too, but the noveaus took over and ruined it for all of us.

L'Aussie said...

Sizzle, sizzle. I don't mind me a bit of Jilly Cooper. Firstly I was wondering how Sex started with C, ha ha.


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Paula Martin said...

Sex might sell, but not to me. I loathed the only one of Jilly Cooper's books I ever read, in fact I don't think I even finished it!

Francine Howarth said...


Michael: hee hee, we had a couple of new-moneyites living near us. They used to dress in matching country clothing right down to their designer wellies - at markets and farm sales they were soon spotted by horse dealers and every time they bid the dealers ran a ring of upping bids: amazingly the dealers would drop out just at the right bid! ;)

Denise: loves a bit of sizzle does moi!

Paula: you gotta take Jilly's sexy bits as mockery too. ;)