Leo Cooper dies

Leo Cooper dies

Publisher Leo Cooper has died aged 79 after a 12-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease, the Telegraph reports.

Cooper is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, author Jilly Cooper.

Cooper started his publishing career at Longmans, after which he moved to André Deutsch, before going on to Hamish Hamilton as publicity manager.

While at Hamish Hamilton, he started Famous Regiments, a series of regimental histories edited by General Sir Brian Horrocks, and he took them with him when he set up Leo Cooper Ltd, specialising in books on military history, in 1968.

Two years later the firm merged with Seeley Service, which was in turn bought by Frederick Warne in 1979 after the company went into receivership.

In 1982 Cooper moved under the umbrella of Secker & Warburg, then part of the Heinemann Group. In 1990 the firm was sold to the Barnsley Chronicle and renamed Pen & Sword Books.

Cooper retired in 2002.

His memoir, All My Friends Will Buy It (Spellmount Publishers), was published in 2005.