Sue Townsend

"I have a problem. I am an intellectual, but at the same time I am not very clever."

- Adrian Albert Mole

Sue Townsend was born in Leicester in 1946. She attended Glen Hills school in the early 50s and then went to South Wigston Secondary Modern for Girls. But she left school when she was 15 and changed jobs several times (so she worked as a shop assistant, garage attendant and in a factory). She got married when she was 18 and had three children. But her husband left her so she brought them up alone.

Her writing career started when she was 35 - she won the Thames Playwrights´ Award. Her most famous and best known book is "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole" (1985) - a diary kept by a 13 years old boy - sort of intellectual. The book was so successful that it was followed by a number of sequels such as "The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole" or "The True Confessions of Adrian Mole".

She has been famous for other books as well - "The Queen and I" (1991 - they even made a play according to it), "Rebuilding Conventry" (1988) and "Ghost Children" (1998).

Sue Townsend later got married again. In 1999 doctors found out she had diabetes and she slowly began losing her sight. Today she is almost blind.

The Works:

The Adrian Mole Diaries

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole

Adrian Mole, From Minor to Major

Adrian Mole, The Wilderness Years

Adrian Mole, The Lost Years

Adrian Mole, The Cappuccino Years




The Ghost of Daniel Lambert

Bazaar and Rummage

Groping for Words

The Great Celestial Cow

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole: The Play

Ten Tiny Fingers, Nine Tiny Toes

Captain Christmas and the Evil Adults

Are You Sitting Comfortably?


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Songbook (with Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley)

Mr Bevan's Dream (Essay)

The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole, Margaret Hilda Roberts and Susan Lilian Townsend

Rebuilding Coventry

The Queen and I

Ghost Children