Sue Townsend, author of the beloved Adrian Mole book series, has died aged 68. Townsend had been diagnosed with diabetes in the 1980s and in recent years had undergone a kidney transplant as well as suffering a stroke. She passed away on 10th April after what was described as a short illness.

Sue Townsend Adrian Mole Author Sue Townsend has died, aged 68 years old

After leaving school at the age of just 15, Townsend took on a variety of jobs, including working as a shop assistant and in a factory. By the time she was 22 years old she married with three children. It wasn’t until her thirties, when she joined a writers' group in Leicester, that she had the opportunity to dedicate herself to writing.

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