The fiction that appeared in the dawn of the millennium played with style and form, showcasing new voices and stories for an uneasy future.
From 'tough cookies' to 'bad mothers' to modern day heroes, depictions of single motherhood have always reflected society's shifting attitudes. From Yuko Tsushima to Jacqueline Wilson and Sophie Heawood, Arwa Haider traces the story.
From fictional diaries to a look at how to be a woman in the world today, these books prove that women are funny.
From a beloved novel to a smash-hit musical: script writers Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary reveal how a spotty adolescent from Leicester inspired their first big show.
When it came to the big issues, even in his teenage years our favourite diarist pretty much had it all figured out. Here are some of Adrian Mole's most insightful observations...
Adrian Mole turns 50 on 2 April. To celebrate, we’re helping him fulfil a lifelong ambition to publish his collected poems. Read more from the teenage Adrian on his dreams of literary success in The Secret Diary and Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾…
Sue Townsend was, and remains, Britain's favourite comic novelist. For over thirty years, after the publication of her instant and iconic bestseller The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ in 1982, she made us weep with laughter and pricked the nation's conscience. Seven further volumes of Adrian's diaries followed, and all were highly acclaimed bestsellers. She also published five other hugely popular novels - including The Queen and I and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year - as well as writing numerous well-received plays. Remarkably, Sue did not learn to read until she was eight and left school with no qualifications. As beloved by critics as she was by readers the length and breadth of the nation, she chronicled the lives of ordinary people in Britain through times of upheaval and great social change. She lived in Leicester all her Life, dying in the city that she loved in 2014.
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