Sue Townsend was born 2 April 1946, and died 10 April 2014
- I must have been a very strange child. I was very pretentious. Like Adrian Mole.
- I’ve always loved books. I’m passionate about them. I think books are sexy. They are smooth and solid and contain delightful surprises. They smell good. They fit into a handbag and can be carried around and opened at will. They don’t change. They are what they are and nothing else. One day I want to own a lot of books and have them near to me in my house, so that I can stroll to my bookshelves and choose what I fancy. I want a harem. I shall keep my favourites by my bed.
- There’s only one thing more boring than listening to other people’s dreams, and that’s listening to their problems.
- Live with all of your senses.
- Will you lie to me and promise to read them? Books need to be read. The pages need to be turned.
- I always wanted to be Jo in Little Women. She’s a bit reckless and feckless, always getting into trouble like me. But I’m probably more like Madame Bovary.
- I do think that books, good books, free you. They make you feel a citizen of the world and things like class, sex and age don’t matter. They’re the greatest leveller.
- She liked people. Me, I can take them or leave them, but mostly leave them.
- I don’t know why women are so mad about flowers. Personally, they leave me cold. I prefer trees.
- Every time I start a new piece of work, it seems I have to spend a long while under the duvet thinking I can’t do it.
Townsend was an English writer and humorist. She was best known for creating the character Adrian Mole.
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