Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies

SARAH THOMAS
Last updated 14:01 11/04/2014
Sue Townsend
ADRIAN MOLE AUTHOR: Sue Townsend in 2003

Relevant offers

Books

YouTube star Caspar Lee's mother releases biography of son Vintage Read: My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin Nicky Pellegrino: there's no way I could live off writing novels Best Books I Never Wrote: Fiona Sussman Moby comes clean with new memoir Porcelain Marlborough authors to rub shoulders with New Zealand's best Review: The Lubetkin Legacy by Marina Lewycka Alexander Hallag's photos capture the magic of music Atholl Anderson: 'Where did Maori come from?' Reviews: A Dying Breed, Keep You Close

Novelist Sue Townsend, most famous for her witty and endearing chronicling of the woes of spotty adolescent Adrian Mole, has died aged 68.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 was first published in 1982, and became a literary phenomenon thanks to her clever depictions of the confusing minefield of teenage life as the eponymous hero attempted to make sense of the world around him, with inflections of social commentary thrown in amid a backdrop of Margaret Thatcher's Britain.

Seven books followed, most recently Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years in 2009.

Early reports say that she suffered a stroke at home in Leicester, England.

Townsend was left blind after suffering from diabetes for many years.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content