Leicester author Sue Townsend dies aged 68

Leicester novelist Sue Townsend has died aged 68. Best known for the Adrian Mole book series, she died yesterday after a short illness.

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Townsend was working on a tenth Adrian Mole book

Sue Townsend died aged 68 Credit: PA

Publishers have revealed that Sue Townsend was working on another Adrian Mole book when she died.

The book would have been the tenth in a best-selling series and had a working title of Pandora's Box, a reference to Adrian's obsession with the unobtainable Pandora Braithwaite.

A spokesperson for Penguin said:

The book was planned for publication in autumn, but we have only seen a few wonderful pages.

It is not yet confirmed if the pages will ever be released to the public but discussions are likely to be held between Penguin and her family.

The 68-year-old died after a short illness yesterday.

The secret Diary of Adrian Mole achieved worldwide success and went on to sell over 20 million copies.

Leicester author saw Sue Townsend as a 'hero and role model'

Leicester author Bali Rai Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester author Bali Rai has told ITV News Central Sue Townsend was his 'hero and role model'.

Bali says the Adrian Mole series opened up a pathway for him and says Sue's passing is a huge loss for Leicester, adding she was warm, genuine and encouraging.

Stand set up in memory of Sue Townsend at Highfields Library in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

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Sue Townsend 'was loved by generations of readers'

The chief executive of Sue Townsend's publisher, Penguin Random House UK, paid tribute to Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend this morning.

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Sue Townsend leaves behind her husband and four children. Credit: Press Association.

Tom Weldon said Townsend's view of the world was "generous, life affirming and unique" and she would be remembered as one of the UK's great comic writers. He said:

"Sue Townsend will be remembered as one in a handful of this country's great comic writers. We were so proud to be her publishers.

"She was loved by generations of readers, not only because she made them laugh out loud, but because her view of the world, its inhabitants and their frailties was so generous, life affirming and unique".

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Leicester author Sue Townsend dies

Sue Townsend at the Woman of the Year Awards in 2003 Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The Leicester novelist, Sue Townsend, has died aged 68, according to a family friend.

Best known for the Adrian Mole book series, she died yesterday after a short illness. Fellow Leicester author, Bali Rai, said her family told him of her death.

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