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‘I cannot thank Thomas Cranmer enough,’ reveals prayer book lover Jilly Cooper

Journalist, novelist and broadcaster Jilly Cooper is the latest to endorse the beauty of the language of the Book of Common Prayer.

Jilly, the best-selling author and former Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday columnist who lives in a beautiful village in the Cotswolds, has loved the Prayer Book since childhood, she revealed this week.

‘It kept me awake through endless hours of church services,’

said Jilly who was educated at the Moorfield School in Ilkley and later the Godolphin School in Salisbury.

Praising the 16th century compiler of the Book of Common Prayer, she added: ‘I cannot thank Thomas Cranmer enough. The Prayer Book is most beautifully written and constantly celebrates the natural world.’

Jilly, a keen dog lover who admits that she used to talk to her greyhound Bluebell every day prior to her death earlier this year, points out that the Prayer Book exhorts us to be kinder to our fellow humans and creatures and do all we can to support them.

‘It also helps us to endure loss and heartbreak with fortitude,’

added Jilly whose husband Leo died in 2013.

Jilly's best-known works are her vast novels, The Rutshire Chronicles including the Riders, an international bestseller Riders. In the 2004 Birthday Honours she was awarded an OBE for services to literature. She was made a CBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to literature and charity.

Pictured is journalist, novelist and broadcaster Jilly Cooper who is the latest to endorse the beauty of the language of the Book of Common Prayer.

Photo by Edward Whitaker.

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