Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend, FRSL (2 April 1946 – 10 April 2014) was an English novelist and playwright. She was best known as the author of the Adrian Mole books. Most of her works combined comedy with social commentary and also wrote purely dramatic works. She was born in Leicester, Leicestershire.
Townsend was diagnosed with diabetes in the 1980s. She received a kidney from her elder son in 2009. She had a stroke in 2012. She died on 10 April 2014 at her home in Leicester after having another stroke. She was 68 years old.
- Thomas, Sarah (11 April 2014). "Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend, 68, dies at Leicester home". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 April 2014.