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Sue Townsend | Comic author, 68

FILE - An Oct. 1, 1999 photo from files showing British comic author Sue Townsend. The author, the creator of teenage angst-ridden Adrian Mole, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68. Penguin Books confirmed Friday that Townsend died in Leicester, central England, a day earlier. Her first novel, "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾," was published in 1982 and was hailed as a comic masterpiece. Written in the voice of a gauche but observant teenager, it combined the acute awkwardness of adolescence with insight into the politics and culture of Thatcher-era Britain. (AP Photo/PA, Michael Crabtree)
FILE - An Oct. 1, 1999 photo from files showing British comic author Sue Townsend. The author, the creator of teenage angst-ridden Adrian Mole, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68. Penguin Books confirmed Friday that Townsend died in Leicester, central England, a day earlier. Her first novel, "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾," was published in 1982 and was hailed as a comic masterpiece. Written in the voice of a gauche but observant teenager, it combined the acute awkwardness of adolescence with insight into the politics and culture of Thatcher-era Britain. (AP Photo/PA, Michael Crabtree)

British comic author Sue Townsend, 68, who created angst-ridden teenage diarist Adrian Mole, has died after suffering a stroke. Her publisher, Penguin Books, said Friday that Ms. Townsend died in Leicester, central England, a day earlier.

Ms. Townsend left school at 15, married at 18, and by 23 was a single mother of three. She worked in a factory, in shops, and at other jobs - and wrote, honing her style for years before being published.

Her first novel, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4, was published in 1982 and was hailed as a comic masterpiece. Written in the voice of a gauche but observant teenager, it fused the acute awkwardness of adolescence with the zeitgeist of Thatcher-era Britain.

The book sold more than 20 million copies around the world, and Ms. Townsend followed Adrian Mole into adulthood in a series of books, several of which were adapted for the stage, radio or television. - AP

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