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    UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak loves a horsey “bonkbuster.”

    Janet Manley

    May 25, 2023, 9:27am

    TIL … that the Rutshire chronicles is not euphemism for government incompetence but a blockbuster romance series by UK author Jilly Cooper OBE, and long a favorite of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

    Writes Politico:

    U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed Thursday that he’s an avid reader of Jilly Cooper, the English author whose raunchy tales of romance and infidelity among horse riders and show jumpers have been best-sellers.

    The books follow Rupert Campbell-Black, a horse-mad stud who finds himself entwined with various sweat-flecked beauties, including his wife Taggie and a Zimbabweyan widow with a “big, uppity” bottom in Mount! 


    On a craft level, the writing is wonderful, wrote reviewer Marianne Levy several years ago:

    Her descriptions of sex are glorious; sometimes emotional, sometimes carefree, always unabashedly sensual, and most of all, funny – the penis that soars like Concorde then enters like the QE2, or the swallowed ejaculate nicknamed “Penis Grigio.”

    I bet the good people of Britain are glad their leader reads for pleasure.

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