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Sue Townsend - Author


Sue Townsend is the creator of Britain's best loved and bestselling diarist, Adrian Mole. She was born in Leicester in 1946, is married and has four children and five grandchildren and still lives in Leicester. She left school at fifteen and was employed in series of unskilled jobs. By her 18th birthday she was married, and a year later had her first baby. In 1978 she joined a Writers Group at the Phoenix Art Centre in Leicester and her career as an author and playwright took off from there. Her first play, Womberang, won its author a Thames Television Bursary as Writer in Residence.

Her book The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/2 and its sequel, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole were both number one bestsellers and made Sue Townsend the bestselling novelist of the 1980s. In 1991 came a third volume: Adrian Mole from Minor to Major, in 1993 Adrian Mole - The Wilderness Years and in 1999 Adrian Mole: the Cappuccino Years. Together the Mole diaries have sold over 8 million copies, have been adapted for radio, television, theatre and been translated into 34 languages. Her other novels include Rebuilding Coventry (1988), The Queen and I (1992) and Ghost Children (1998). A collection of her monthly columns for Sainsbury's Magazine was published in 2001 entitled Public Confessions of a Middle-aged Woman Aged 55 3/4.

Sue Townsend died in April 2014.

If you like Sue Townsend you might also like to read books by Mark Haddon, John O'Farrell and Marina Lewycka.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Sue Townsend

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
Sue Townsend
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year is a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone refuses to be the person everyone expects them to be. Sue Townsend, Britain's funniest writer for over three decades, has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/09/2012
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
Sue Townsend
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 22 March 2012. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year is a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone refuses to be the person everyone expects them...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2012
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
Sue Townsend
This 30th anniversary edition features Adrian Mole, the hapless teenager who provides an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. This book is about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual'. This is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/01/2012
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years by Sue Townsend
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
Sue Townsend
The latest volume in the Adrian Mole saga see's Adrian down on his luck in more ways than one and when the possibility that he may have prostate cancer hits home things just seem to go from bad to worse....
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/08/2010
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years by Sue Townsend
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
Sue Townsend
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 3 December 2009. The latest volume in the Adrian Mole saga see's Adrian down on his luck in more ways than one and when the possibility that he may have prostate...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2009
Adrian Mole And The Weapons Of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend
Adrian Mole And The Weapons Of Mass Destruction
Sue Townsend
Poor fellow, he’s now 35 and as angst-ridden as ever. I think these diaries are very clever.Comparison: Helen Fielding, David Nobbs, Kathy Lette.Similar this month: None. If you like diaries you could try Belle...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 08/09/2005

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