According to Rishi Sunak, he seeks “escapism” in Jilly Cooper’s raunchy books.
In an appearance on ITV’s This Morning, Mr. Sunak acknowledged earlier this month’s reports that the Prime Minister liked racy literature like 1985 best-seller Riders.
The Prime Minister laughed when asked by host Alison Hammond if it’s true that he reads the books. “Yes that’s true. It’s unclear how that has emerged.”
He said, “Those are my (favourites),” mentioning Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous and Appassionata.
“She’s done lots of different books, that’s the set of books that I like, those ones.”
These volumes are a part of Cooper’s Rutshire Chronicles, which are based in the affluent worlds of polo and showjumping and star the rake Rupert Campbell-Black.
When asked what his greatest regret was, Mr. Sunak jokingly replied that it was having to talk about his love for Cooper’s works, but he continued: “They are good. Escapism is something you should have in your life, and that’s fine.
“So whether it’s whatever TV you watch, whatever you’re reading, it’s good to be able to get away from your day-to-day, right? And just go into a totally different place.”
Cooper’s 1988 book Rivals is currently being made into a TV series with David Tennant, Aidan Turner, Emily Atack, and Danny Dyer in the lead roles.
Rupert Campbell-Black will be played by British actor Alex Hassell in the eight-part Disney+ series.