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Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies aged 68

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-11

Sue Townsend, the British author of the best-selling Adrian Mole series documenting the humdrum life of an awkward teenager, has died aged 68, her son told the BBC on Friday.

According to the broadcaster, her son Danny Townsend confirmed that the novelist had died at home on Thursday following a short illness.

After writing a series of well-received plays, Townsend was catapulted to mainstream fame in 1982 when she released "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾".

Within three years, the book had sold close to two million copies and was followed by "The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole," which helped her to become Britain's top-selling author of the 1980s.

"Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years," the eighth and final in the series, was released in 2009.

Townsend, who was born in the Midlands city of Leicester in 1946, lost her sight after being diagnosed with diabetes in the 1980s.

She underwent a kidney transplant in 2009, with her eldest son Sean donating one of his organs, and in 2012 she suffered a stroke.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-04-11

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