Sue Townsend was born in Leicester in 1946. She left school at 15, was married at 18 and was a single parent caring for three young children by the age of 23. She wrote in secret for twenty years before anybody saw her work.
Sue is best known for the creation of the luckless and self-deluded Adrian Mole but has also written many other popular novels, plays and journalism. She won numerous prestigious awards and honours before passing away in April 2014 at the age of 68.