The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 and its sequel, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, were both number one bestsellers and made Sue Townsend the bestselling novelist of the 1980s. In 1991 came a third volume: Adr ian Mole from Minor to Major, in 1993 Adrian Mole - The Wilderness Years, in 1999, Adrian Mole: the Cappuccino Years and in 2004, Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction. Together the Mole diaries have sold over 8 million copies, have been adapted for radio, television, theatre and been translated into 34 languages. Her other novels include Reb uilding Coventry (1988), The Queen and I (1992), Ghost Children (1998), Number Ten (2002) and Queen Camilla (2006). A collection of her monthly columns for Sainsbury's Magazine was published in 2001 entitled Public Confessions of a Middle-aged Woman Aged 55 3/4. The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 will be published in November 2008 by Penguin. Plays:
Womberang was produced at the Soho Poly in 1979 and since then Sue has written several stage plays: The Ghost of Daniel Lambert (Leicester Haymarket Theatre) 1981, Dayroom (Croydon Warehouse Theatre) 1981, Captain Christmas and the Evil Adults (Phoenix Arts Theatre) 1982, Bazaar and Rummage (Royal Court Theatre) 1982, The Great Celestial Cow (Royal Court Theatre and tour) 1984, Disneyland it Ain't (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs) 1989, In 1994 Sue adapted her novel The Queen and I for the stage, which was performed by the Out of Joint Theatre Co directed by Max Stafford Clark at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. The play toured Australia in the summer of 1996 and was entitled The Royals Down Under. Radio:
In January 1982 Radio 4 producer John Tydeman serialised the first of Mole's diaries. Sue has had other work produced for radio: The Ashes - a cricketing comedy for Radio 3 (1992), A Ladder in the Stocking - for Radio 4 (1991), The Queen and I was also serialised on Radio 4, as was Adrian Mole - The Wilderness Years in 1993. Adrian Mole - The Cappuccino Years has also been serialised for the morning slot on Radio 4 and produced once more by John Tydeman.
Film and Television:
Sue wrote the screenplays for the television adaptations of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Thames TV, 1985) and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Thames TV, 1987). She also wrote The Refuge (Channel 4, 1987) and a screenplay called Adios - set in Barcelona.