Born on 25 March 1934, Leonard 'Leo' Cooper worked for numerous distinguished publishing houses before setting up his own independent publishing house, Leo Cooper Ltd, in 1968. His most outstanding publication was the Marquess of Anglesey's 8-volume History of the British Cavalry. Some of his other authors of note include Brigadier 'Mad Mike' Calvert, Michael Glover and Brigadier 'Honky' Henniker.
After numerous mergers and changes in ownership, his firm was sold to the Barnsley Chronicle and renamed Pen & Sword Books. Leo continued to work with us until he retired from publishing around 10 years ago.
Cooper's memoirs were published in 2005, entitled All My Friends Will Buy It - A Bottlefield Tour.
Leo Cooper sadly died aged 79, on Friday, 29 November 2013, survived by his wife - author Jilly Cooper - and children.