(2 April 1946 – 10 April 2014)
Sue Townsend was an English writer, best known for creating Adrian Mole, the character which first introduced me to the comic and poignant genius of this woman.
Did you know, the diaries of tortured teenager Adrian Mole sold more copies than any other work of fiction in Britain during its decade? The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ was a gift from my mum when I was an angst-ridden teenage with a secret diary of my own. Mum opened a door to the world of Sue Townsend, and I hope I can encourage you to begin reading her books too.
You might be forgiven in thinking that Mrs T was all about just one spotty teenager, but you'd be wrong. Sue's work includes novels, plays and works of journalism. Her warm and touching writing opened up the world of books for me beyond Roald Dahl when I was a young teenager, and I have been a fan ever since.
It made me wonder though, how many more of her books can I still look forward to reading? A quick look on Wikipedia revealed Sue's full fiction bibliography. Gotta love the internet!
Adrian Mole series
- The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ (1982), her bestselling book READ IT!
- The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1984) READ IT!
- The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole (1989) READ IT!
- Adrian Mole: From Minor to Major (1991) - an omnibus of the first three, plus a bonus section
- Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years (1993) READ IT!
- Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (1999) READ IT!
- Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004)
- The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999–2001 (2008)
- Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (2009)
I've still got a few Mr Mole books to read, then - I had no idea! Whoop, whoop!
- Rebuilding Coventry (1988)
- The Queen and I (1992), a story about the British Royal Family living a "normal" life on an urban housing estate. I've wanted to read this one for long time, so it might be the next ST one I devour.
- Ghost Children (1997), a novel covering issues of bereavement, child abuse and women's self-esteem through their body image.
- Number Ten (2002) READ IT!
- Queen Camilla (2006)
- The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year (2012) READ IT - just before ST died. Recommended - hilarious as well as touching.
Which books have you especially enjoyed by the late Sue Townsend? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Have a look at the lovely obituary Sue's publisher posted, then get into your favourite online/local bookstore and grab one of her books. You won't regret it!
Enjoy the long weekend,
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