Another book hero has died. Sue Townsend author of Adrian Mole.
This news deeply saddens me because I loved all her work not just the Adrian Mole stuff but her plays and her classics.
Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend, FRSL (2 April 1946 – 10 April 2014) was an English novelist and playwright, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole books. Although her writing primarily combined comedy with social commentary, she also wrote purely dramatic works.
Townsend suffered from diabetes for many years, as a result of which she was registered blind in 2001, and she wove this theme into her work. In September 2009, she received a kidney from her son Sean after a two-year wait for a donor. Surgery was carried out at Leicester General Hospital and Townsend spoke to reporters about the work of the UK National Kidney Federation.
Townsend died at her home on 10 April 2014 aged 68, following a stroke. She is survived by her husband Colin Broadway and four children and 10 grandchildren.
Stephen Mangan, who portrayed Adrian Mole in a 2001 television adaptation, stated "Greatly upset to hear that Sue Townsend has died. One of the warmest, funniest and wisest people I ever met."