Books by Sue Townsend

Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Laugh-out-loud one-liners ensure that even the uninitiated will enjoy Adrian Mole's journey through Townsend's cruel, comic world."
Loveable loser Adrian Mole turns 35 in the latest installment in the British series. Read full book review >
NUMBER 10 by Sue Townsend
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Townsend (Adrian Mole, 2000, etc.) has a rare gift for wickedly funny one-liners—and her lighthearted affection for human foibles and foolishness keeps this spot-on satire from becoming too brittle."
The Prime Minister is out of touch with modern life, and the hyenas of the British press are having a field day with his numerous gaffes. Read full book review >
ADRIAN MOLE by Sue Townsend
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Some of Townsend's veddy British jokes don't cross the Atlantic, but those that do are funny, frivolous, and devastatingly dead-on."
More satirical diaries of a persistently pathetic English everyman pitches brickbats and sourballs at Tony Blair, Princess Di worshippers, TV cooking shows, celibacy, and the ever increasing bunch of village idiots and ne'er-do-wells in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Read full book review >
GHOST CHILDREN by Sue Townsend
Released: May 14, 1998

A macabre tale of unrequited love and ghostly children, by the British author of the acclaimed Adrian Mole series and, most recently, The Queen and I (1994). When his dog starts tearing at a rubbish bag during their morning walk on the heath, Christopher Moore is simply annoyed. He's horrified, however, to discover that what the dog was after was a sack filled with fetuses—one of which, perfectly formed, he wraps up and takes home. This shocking behavior is soon explained: At 49, Christopher has never recovered from the dismay of losing his own child. Seventeen years ago, Angie and Chris were in love and expecting—unbeknownst to Chris, though, Angie didn't want a baby and wasn't so sure she wanted Chris either. Now, the discovery of the fetus on the heath triggers an obsessive curiosity in him, and he seeks out Angela, still living in the same city, grown double her youthful weight and married to a priggish businessman she no longer loves. Passion is instantly reignited between the two, though Angela can't fathom Christopher's preoccupation with their dead baby. Here, Townsend deftly weaves an element of grim fantasy into the tale, with the appearance of the ghost of their daughter, now 17, and a beautiful "schoolgirl," who is always invisibly by Angela's side. Chris and Angie's guilt is contrasted with that of Crackle and Tamara, a young punk couple who frequent the dingy cafÇ where Angela and Christopher rendezvous. Crackle, a Satan-worshiping crackhead, dominates his simple-minded young wife and has abused his infant daughter, who lies comatose in the hospital. A week in the two couples' lives traces the growing relationship between Christopher and Angela and the disintegration of Crackle and Tamara's. At the close, though, a horribly botched suicide attempt by Angela's husband, and a new baby on the way for Tamara, combine to create a bizarre but satisfying end. A slim, riveting tale. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN AND I by Sue Townsend
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

A funny, surprisingly sweet satire by the author of The Adrian Mole Diaries (1986). ``I have no money; British Telecom is threatening me with disconnection; my mother thinks she is living in 1953; my husband is starving himself to death; my daughter has embarked on an affair with my carpet fitter; my son is due in court on Thursday; and my dog has fleas....'' That's how Liz Windsor, the former queen of England, describes her current situation. Liz—together with her handbag, hubby Philip, sister Margaret, Charles, Di, grandchildren, daughter Anne, and the Queen Mother—has been booted out of Buckingham Palace by the newly elected, antimonarchist People's Republican Party. Their new abode is a council flat community known not so affectionately as ``Hell Close.'' Of course, the Aubusson carpets don't fit; Liz has trouble figuring out that she has to put a coin in the heater to make it work; strange slang words start creeping into the vocabulary of the little princes; and the neighbors are a fright. But the unsceptered royal family makes do. Charles turns to gardening and rioting, Di decorates her flat, and, with saintly restraint, the former queen endures the attentions of a social worker who wants to help her with her ``trauma.'' Meanwhile, the country goes to the dogs—indeed, to get out of debt, the new PM enters into a treaty with Tokyo, making England a veritable colony of Japan. For obvious reasons, Townsend's novel has been a big success in England. Readers on this side of the Atlantic will find it diverting, too—chaotic, silly, with no real harm meant. Read full book review >