Susan Lillian Townsend (born April 2nd, 1946) is the author of the Adrian Mole series of books (Mole claims that she stole the copyrright from him in 1981). She has suffered from diabetes for many years as a result of wihich she was registered blind in 2001.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole ws reputedly based on her children's experiences at Mary Linwood Comprehensive school in Leicester. Several of the teachers who appear in the book (such as Mr Dock and Miss Fossington-Gore) are based on actual staff who worked at the school in the early 1980s. When the book was televised, it was mostly filmed at a different school nearby. Mary Linwood Comprehensive was closd in 1997.
She went to Glen Hills Primary school where the school secretary was naed 'Mrs Claricotes' - as is the school secretary in the books. She then went to South Wigston High School.
Sue has four children: Sean, Daniel, Victoria and Elizabeth.