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Like her, being married has not stopped him being attractive to the opposite sex. He had a confession of his own, about an event that took place on the very same night when she nearly went the whole hog: Someone we both know had told him he was attractive and he’d said she was, too. That’s as far as it went, but, she says, I was furious.
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At the end of many of my interviews, I would ask this question: What advice would you give to someone before they got married, or to someone who is already married, to help them stay married? The lawyers I spoke to often had different points of view on the causes of divorce, but on this they were unanimous: learn to identify the symptoms of divorce and seek treatment immediately. No one is going to stay madly, passionately in love for 10, 20, or 30 years. Spouses need to have a sense of respect for each other and an appreciation for the things that they have accomplished together. Martin Huddleston, Atlanta, GA.
This entailed re-reading How to Stay Married for the first time since it was published, whereupon I nearly died of horror. What a smug, opinionated proselytising little know-all I was then. For a start, I announced sternly that men detested seeing women slaving in the house, so their wives must arrange to work from . 0 . so they could rush home and clean, iron and cook before their husband returned. Back in 1969, of course, men were expected to be masterful: ‘If a man is married to a slut,’ I pronounced fiercely, he must remonstrate with her, adding that ‘women like a firm hand. ‘They’d probably prefer a farm hand,’ observed Leo, when he read that bit. My recommendations were all so dogmatic.
A guide to how to stay married written in 1969 by the irrepressible Jilly Cooper, with a new introduction by Jilly to coincide with her golden wedding anniversary in 2011. From the wedding and the honeymoon to life afterwards, including how to deal with the in-laws and how to tell if your other half is having an affair, she dispenses anecdotes, jokes, common sense and endless optimism and fun. Whether you are contemplating marriage, living together, or have been married as long as Jilly.
Author Jilly Cooper's book 'How to Stay Married' is approaching 50 years old. The book advised on the amount of sex was needed for a successful marriage. The book was published in 1969 although Jilly admitted she did not follow its advice. She continued: 'I advocated total honesty about money being essential in marriage and that "couples should always know what the other is spending". That, from a wife who regularly smuggled new clothes into her wardrobe, ripping off the price tag, lying, "This old thing. Jilly married Leo Cooper seven years before publishing her controversial book. The couple remained married until Mr Cooper's death in 2013.
About book: When Jilly Cooper, then a young Sunday Times journalist, was asked to write a book on marriage, she had been married to Leo Cooper for a mere seven years. From the wedding and the honeymoon to life afterwards, including how to deal with the in-laws and how to tell if you spouse.