Jilly Cooper comes from Yorkshire and was educated at Goldolphin School in Sailsbury. For twenty-five years she lived in London and for thirteen of them she wrote for the Sunday Times, during which time her column was one of the most widely read features in the paper. In 1982 she moved to Gloucestershire and began writing a column for the Mail on Sunday. Recently she has devoted more of her time to writing books, ten of which have been published; she is also the author of six romances, three best-selling novels, Riders, Rivals and Polo, a book of short stories, two anthologies and several children's books. She makes frequent appearances on television and has done many radio broadcasts.