Sue Townsend dead: JK Rowling leads tributes to Adrian Mole author, who has died aged 68
The Harry Potter creator joins a stellar line-up of famous fans of the classic children's book series
“So sad to hear about Sue Townsend,” she wrote on Twitter. “She gave me so many laughs. #AdrianMoleWillLiveForever.”
“Greatly upset to hear that Sue Townsend has died,” Stephen Mangan, who played Adrian Mole in a 2001 BBC series, added. “One of the warmest, funniest and wisest people I ever met.”
Tom Weldon, CEO of Townsend’s publisher Penguin Random House UK, said she will be remembered as “one in a handful of this country's great comic writers”.
“She was loved by generations of readers, not only because she made them laugh out loud, but because her view of the world, its inhabitants and their frailties was so generous, life affirming and unique.”
Other famous fans of the passionate socialist and her classic book series took to social media in their droves to express their sadness at the loss of the best-selling writer, and to mourn the end of the teenage character who defined so many childhoods:
So sad to hear about Sue Townsend. She gave me so many laughs. #AdrianMoleWillLiveForeverJ.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 11, 2014
Greatly upset to hear that Sue Townsend has died. One of the warmest, funniest and wisest people I ever met.Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) April 10, 2014
Sad to hear about #SueTownsend what is going on? Peaches, Warrior, now Sue Townsend. Very sad week.Noel Clarke (@NoelClarke) April 11, 2014
Sue Townsend, thanks for leaving us with all of your wonderful stories. RIP :(((— Dawn O'Porter (@hotpatooties) April 11, 2014
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.Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) April 10, 2014
Oh gosh - Sue Townsend has just died. One of the funniest women who ever lived.Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) April 10, 2014
Ah, not Sue Townsend. Her books were a little chunk of a lot of our childhoods. RIPOwen Jones (@OwenJones84) April 10, 2014
Sad to see Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole books has died! I used 2love her books when at school, my inspiration 4 starting a diary!Katie Piper (@KatiePiper_) April 11, 2014
So I'm reading The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and marvelling at it afresh. Newish edition with fine introduction by @davidwalliams.Ian Rankin (@Beathhigh) April 11, 2014
The first novel, Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, was published in 1982. She followed the success of her debut diary with seven sequel novels, which went on to sell more than 8million copies. She was working on an eighth Adrian Mole has been translated into nearly 30 different languages, and has been adapted for TV and for the stage.
Townsend, who also wrote non-fiction, plays and other novels, including 1992 best-seller The Queen And I, started her career after winning a Thames Television playwrighting bursary.
She leaves behind a husband, Colin Broadway, and her four children, Sean, Daniel, Victoria and Elizabeth.
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