Sue Townsend, best known as the author of the successful Adrian Mole series, has sadly died at the age of 68 after a short illness. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4, the first of her comic series,was published in 1982 and the eighth instalment, Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years, was released in 2009. Adrian Mole was successful worldwide and Sue Townsend said that, in many respects, her hero mirrored her own experience. The series followed the main character from adolescence under Margaret Thatcher’s government, to maturity in Tony Blair’s Britain. Her other best-selling novels included The Queen and I.
Sue Townsend had been left blind after suffering from diabetes for many years and the publication of the next Adrian Mole book had been pushed back as a result of a stroke she had suffered. She also had a kidney transplant in 2009.
Stephen Mangan played Adrian Mole in a 2001 BBC adaptation of The Cappuccino Years.