Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies aged 68

The author of the immensely popular Adrian Mole book series has passed away at the age of 68.


by Fiona Day |
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The writer died at her home following a short illness.

Sue found fame after writing The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ which was followed by The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole and later on Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years.

The last novel in the series- Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years- was released in 2009.

Sue wrote the popular Adrian Mole series
Sue wrote the popular Adrian Mole series

Sue had been blighted by health problems in recent years. She suffered from a stroke in 2001 and was registered blind as a result. She also had diabetes and in 2009, Sue underwent a kidney transplant.

Sue received a kidney from her son after waiting over two years for a donor.

Sue suffered from poor health

Celebrities have spoken out about their sadness following the novelist’s death.

Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams tweeted: ‘Sue Townsend was a comedy genius & wrote some of the funniest books of all time. A lovely lady too.’

Comedian Sarah Millican also posted her condolences: ‘Such sad news about Sue Townsend. Just about to start reading 'The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year'. Will do so now with a heavier heart.’

Sue leaves behind her husband, Colin Broadway, 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

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