ovelist Sue Townsend author of the successful
ovelist Sue Townsend, best known as the author of the successful Adrian Mole series, has died, a friend of her family has told the BBC.
Townsend, 68, died at home on Thursday after a short illness.
The first of her comic series, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4, was published in 1982 and the eighth instalment, Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years, was released in 2009.
Her other best-selling novels included The Queen and I.
Townsend, who was left blind after suffering from diabetes for many years, achieved worldwide success following the publication of the books about teenager Adrian Mole.
The series followed the main character from adolescence under Margaret Thatcher's government, to maturity in Tony Blair's Britain.
Townsend said that, in many respects, her hero mirrored her own experience.
In March 2013, she told the Oxford Literary Festival that publication of the next Adrian Mole book had been pushed back as a result of a stroke she had suffered.options significance air patrols evacuated quake struck visit the affected quake shook destroyed damage aftershocks South Korean banned condemnation consult expanded South Korea military exercises grave provocation messages of inclusion and equality flew expected private tour Colosseum uprising ended Hosni Mubarak's three decades Egyptians leadership Difficult task defending Marie Harf launch exercise restraint