I remember the days when Sue Townsend was 'just' another English teacher in a Leicester state school.
My favourite was 'The Queen and I' - about the Royal family being sent to live on a Leicester Council Estate after a revolution. Hilarious - the Queen Mum getting drunk with her West Indian grand-mother next door.
Sadly Sue suffers from diabetes and is practically blind now- but still lives in the same Edwardian house off London Road- and is a real fighter.
My DiL posted on Facebook a picture of DGD reading the 30th anniversary edition of the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged thirteen and three quarters and this reminded me that I bought a copy of the original almost exactly 30 years ago to take his mind off a nasty dose of chickenpox when he was 11. I read it when he had finished with it and enjoyed it. Sue Townsend has lasted well.