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Sue Townsend (1) (1946–2014)

Author of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

For other authors named Sue Townsend, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Sue Townsend was born in Leicester, England on April 2, 1946. She left school at fifteen and worked a series of jobs before becoming a full-time author. She was best known for her books about the neurotic diarist Adrian Mole including The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾, The Growing Pains of show more Adrian Mole, Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years, Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years. Her other works include The Queen and I, Number Ten, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman Aged 55¾, and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year. She died after a stroke on April 10, 2014 at the age of 68. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Sue Townsend

The Queen and I (1992) 1,108 copies
Number Ten (2002) 477 copies
Queen Camilla (2006) 406 copies
Adrian Mole: The Lost Years (1994) 275 copies
Rebuilding Coventry (1988) 256 copies
Ghost Children (1997) 123 copies
The Great Celestial Cow (1984) 7 copies
Number Ten A2 Poster (2003) 1 copy

Associated Works

Just William (1922) — Foreword, some editions — 707 copies
The Pleasure of Reading (1992) — Contributor — 189 copies
Pastors and Masters (1925) — Foreword, some editions — 122 copies
Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph (1761) — Introduction, some editions — 104 copies
An Oxford Book of Christmas Stories (1986) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Virago Book of Christmas (2002) — Contributor — 52 copies
Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book (1986) — Contributor — 46 copies
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories (2013) — Contributor — 35 copies
Wicked: Women's Wit and Humour from Elizabeth I to Ruby Wax (1995) — Preface, some editions — 17 copies
Growing Up Stories (1995) — Contributor — 10 copies
Top Teen Stories (2004) — Contributor — 6 copies
Adrian Mole: The Complete Television Series (2012) — Original books — 2 copies


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Had a few good funny bits but not nearly enough. Full of people & situations that I just found frustrating, stupid, or sad. Poorly resolved ending. Ultimately a disappointment, but since I didn't like the 2 others of Townsend's books I read I shouldn't have been surprised. Note to self: leave her on shelf in future; though her titles are inviting I just don't "get" her.
Abcdarian | 36 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Gut geschrieben und humorvoll. Mich hat es trotzdem nicht gepackt.
Katzenkindliest | 64 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
I haven't finished this book. I went away for the weekend and found it on the bedside table in the spare bedroom. As I'd forgotten to bring the book I was actually reading, this seemed ideal. I hadn't finished it by the time the weekend was over, and I couldn't be bothered to ask if I could borrow it till I had.

Our heroine is 50 year old Eva, fed up with her husband, her borderline autistic twins who have just departed for University, and life itself. So she retires to bed. Her husband, her mother, her mother-in-law are all aghast, but there she stays. We pop along from time to time to Leeds University with the twins and meet their delusional 'friend' Poppy. We go to work with her husband Brian, and see glimpses of his affair. We meet odd-job man Alex, war veteran Stan. All of these characters are larger than life, but none of them gave me the laugh-out-loud moments the book jacket promised.

The central premise, that Eva is completely fed up with being taken for granted, is certainly worth exploring, but I was by turns irritated and bored by the whole thing. But then I didn't get on with Adrian Mole either.
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Margaret09 | 36 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
Yes, there were a few funny scenes with Grandma, Bert, and Pandora, but mostly it was distress after distress:

Could be re-titled "Secret Diary of Adrian SPOTS."

Glad he joined The Good Samaritans and took on Bert, who was full of surprises.

Never solved mysteries: Why father did not pursue work?
Why father let mother cheat right in front of him?
Why father allowed to treat dog so bad?

Scotland was a saving time for the plot!
m.belljackson | 64 other reviews | Jan 27, 2024 |



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