Speaking at the Henley Literary Festival, Ms Leith, who also writes cookery books, said: “If [some people] know there is going to be a sex scene in a novel, they won’t buy it because they think it will be toe-curlingly gynaecological.“I often say to people… this novel is racier than this one and let me tell you, most older women go for the racy ones.”When asked why, she suggested, “because they are not getting enough?” before adding: “I think it is because they are grown up and relaxed and confident, so fine about it.”Ms Leith, 76, who will soon get married to her partner, retired clothes designer John Playfair, also spoke about her former husband’s concerns that she included sex scenes in her novels, including liaisons in a potting shed and the back of a taxi. Older women enjoy reading racy novels because they are “not getting enough”, author Prue Leith has suggested.Women who grew up reading Jilly Cooper’s “bonkbusters” are not as easily shocked because they are used to it, she also joked. 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. Women who grew up reading Jilly Cooper’s “bonkbusters” are not as easily shocked because they are used to itCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Let me tell you, most older women go for the racy onesPrue Leith “Halfway through me writing [one novel], having not shown him a single page, he suddenly said: ‘There won’t be any sex in it will there?’ she told the audience.“And I said, ‘darling, of course there will be, it is a love story’. He said: ‘Oh you can’t do that, the children will be so embarrassed.’ I said: ‘The children will be 27′.”Ms Leith’s latest book, The Prodigal Daughter, promises a “heart-wrenching” love story as it tells of heroine Angelica, who goes to Paris to learn French cuisine.