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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.

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