Susan Lilian Townsend (2 April 1946 – 10 April 2014) is the author of the Adrian Mole books.
In addition to the Mole series, she has written several other best-selling novels including Rebuilding Coventry, The Queen and I and Queen Camilla. She is also an acclaimed playwright; her literary breakthrough came from her play Womberang, which was staged in Soho in 1979, winning her a Thames Television Playwright Award, including a bursary as Writer in Residence. Other dramatic works include The Ghost of Daniel Lambert (1981), The Great Celestial Cow (1984), Ten Tiny Fingers, Nine Tiny Toes(1989) and most recently You, Me and Wii (2010).
She has four children: Sean, Daniel, Victoria and Elizabeth. A long time sufferer of diabetes, she was registered blind in 2001, and has completed her later novels through a process of dictation to her husband and other family members.
Townsend died in her home on April 10th, 2014, following a stroke. It is unknown whether she was writing a sequel at the time.