You have to be very careful not to use real people’s names by mistake, as they might sue you if they behave badly in the storyJilly Cooper The world of football is a significant departure from her previous novels, which have focused on the exploits of riders. In an interview about the novel, which she said she intends to call Tackle, she revealed she had taken inspiration from her local team, Forest Green. Her novels detail the hedonistic exploits of the super rich as they navigate the show jumping circuit, ravishing young women and ruining marriages.So it is perhaps unsurprising that Jilly Cooper has a tried-and-tested method for ensuring her characters are never accidentally named after someone in real life. The 80-year-old novelist has revealed that she uses English towns and villages as inspiration to avoid being sued.Admitting she fears legal action over her raunchy novels, she said she had to be “very careful” not to associate one of her badly behaved aristocrats with someone in the public eye. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.