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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; New edition edition (27 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141805129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141805122
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.4 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,832,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Leicester in 1946, Sue left school at 15 years of age. She married at 18, and by 23 was a single parent with three children. She worked in a variety of jobs including factory worker, shop assistant, and as a youth worker on adventure playgrounds. She wrote in secret for twenty years, eventually joining a writers' group at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester in her thirties.

At the age of 35, she won the Thames Television Playwright Award for her first play, Womberang, and started her writing career. Other plays followed including The Great Celestial Cow (1984), Ten Tiny Fingers, Nine Tiny Toes (1990), and most recently You, me and Wii (2010), but she became most famous for her series of books about Adrian Mole, which she originally began writing in 1975.

The first of these, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ was published in 1982 and was followed by The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1984). These two books made her the best-selling novelist of the 1980s. They have been followed by several more in the same series including Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years (1993); Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004); and most recently Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (2009). The books have been adapted for radio, television and theatre; the first being broadcast on radio in 1982. Townsend also wrote the screenplays for television adaptations of the first and second books and Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (published 1998, BBC television adaptation 2001).

Several of her books have been adapted for the stage, including The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾: The Play (1985) and The Queen and I: a Play with Songs (1994), which was performed by the Out of Joint Touring Company at the Vaudeville Theatre and toured Australia. The latter is based on another of her books, in which the Royal Family become deposed and take up residence on a council estate in Leicester. Other books include Rebuilding Coventry (1988), Ghost Children (1997) and Queen Camilla (2006).

She was an honorary MA of Leicester University, and in 2008 she was made a Distinguished Honorary Fellow, the highest award the University can give. She was an Honorary Doctor of Letters at Loughborough University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her other awards include the James Joyce Award of the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin, and the Frink Award at the Women of the Year Awards. In 2009 she was given the Honorary Freedom of Leicester.

Her most recent novel, The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, was published in 2012 by Michael Joseph and was a giant success, selling over half a million copies to date in the UK alone.


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Review

Anyone who loved The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole will enjoy this collection of witty and sharply observed jottings from the inimitable Sue Townsend. Great stuff (OK!)

Full of homely, hilarious asides on the absurdities of domestic existence . . . What a fantastic advertisement for middle-age - it can't be bad if it's this funny (Heat)

'It's as if Townsend has caught our idiosyncrasies on candid camera and is showing a rerun of all the silly clips ... the ideal dip-in-and-out book' (Time Out) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sue Townsend became Britain's bestselling author of the 1980s with her books The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 and The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole. She is the author of seven other novels, including The Queen And I and Number Ten. She is well known as a playwright and lives in Leicester.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Graceann Macleod on 19 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
Pick up this book of short essays (each being only about 800 words) and before you know it, 100 pages has gone by. Ranging from the hilarious (fending off a burglar using a biography of Tolstoy) to the heartbreaking (the treatment of the elderly in British hospitals), Sue Townsend manages to share titbits from her very interesting life in small, easily digestible portions.

First written as a monthly column for Sainsbury's Magazine, these pieces are slice-of-life affairs. Sue's battles with her expanding waistline, her diminishing eyesight and the ticking clock are covered here in touching and very funny detail. I found this book impossible to put down, yet it would be relatively easy to dip in and out of on a long train journey or a flight. Not demanding, surely, but very satisfying; sort of like a natter with a good friend.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Evis Hadjipetrou on 5 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
A collection of Townsends articles written for Sainsbury's magazine. They have no common subject, she just writes whatever happens to be in her mind. An extremely accomplished and witty writter, she makes you laugh in one article and cry the next. Her strong character shines through as she battles with amongst others getting older and becoming blind. Formidable penmanship from quite a lady.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Partridge on 27 Jun 2012
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I bought this for 50p at a church fete but it would have been good value at the full price. The stories are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always fun. Woven through her musings on day to day 21st century life is the story of her battles with health problems and her failing sight. She is always light-hearted about these problems, never self-pitying and reveals herself as a lady of huge bravery. Mostly though just sit back and enjoy her hilarious comments on being a middle-aged woman in Britain today...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JennyC on 17 Nov 2012
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So far all my middle aged girl friends who have read Sue T.'s tale couldn't put the story down.....we felt empathy, we laughed out loud at the audacity and extreme behaviour that developed......perhaps we secretly would like to follow suit but haven't the guts to.
This is delightful female escapism........woe betide my husband if he starts shed building, I'll know what to do won't I?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Taverner on 15 April 2014
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reading this i could not stop laughing. The subjects range far and wide i enjoyed it so much i sent a copy to a friend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred on 3 Sep 2013
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I've only read the first few chapters and, although well written with Sue Townsend's usual good humour, its simply an account of life's situations she's found herself in and not as entertaining as I thought it would be. Not sure I'll read to the end and wish I bought the other book of hers I was contemplating!
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By Dodo VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2014
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A very funny, astute series of personal observations and stories that are entertaining. It is a bit dated now, but it is interesting from a historical perspective also.
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By Barbie on 26 May 2014
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Was very sad to hear Sue Townsend dying; it reignited my search for her stories - great read, never disappoints x
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