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Novelist Sue Townsend Dies, Aged 68

The author best known for the Adrian Mole series has died after a short illness

By Emma Chong Johnston | Published: 11 Apr 2014

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Sue Townsend, the author best known for the Adrian Mole series, has died aged 68, in her home. The BBC reports that she had been suffering from a short illness at the time, after struggling with diabetes for many years.

Sue published the first of the Adrian Mole series, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4, in 1982 and would go on to release seven sequels over the years until the last Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years in 2009. The eight novels have been translated into 40 languages and sold over 10 million copies. Sue also penned numerous bestsellers outside the Adrian Mole series, including The Queen and I, Number 10 and most recently, The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year.

Sue leaves husband Colin Broadway and children Daniel, 45, Victoria, 44 and Elizabeth, 37.


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