Few modern writers have given me so much pleasure. I remember shouting with surprised laughter when I first read The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ and I’ve read it over and over again since then. I’ve kept up with the rest of Adrian’s adventures, each of which was perfectly in tune with the current zeitgeist and I also enjoyed The Queen and I.
Not only was she a really funny writer, Sue Townsend always seemed such a nice person, the type you’d like to have a cup of tea and a natter with. She was terribly brave about her blindness, which must have been awful. She will be sadly missed and I’m sorry we’ll never hear from Adrian or the royals again.
Edit: The Independent has some of ‘Adrian Mole’s best quotes’ here.