When Jilly Cooper’s seminal “bonkbuster” novel Riders was re-released earlier this year with a “sanitised” cover, it was decried as a symbol of political correctness gone too far.
Now, however, the best-selling author has disclosed that she ordered it to be sent back for a re-print – featuring the male hand touching the female rider’s bottom once more.
Cooper, 78, bemoaned how political correctness had become ingrained in British life, leaving people too scared to make any personal comments whatsoever.
“You can’t even say, ‘I don’t like red hair’ any more,” she said.
“I think it is quite a frightening world really.”