Fans Remember Sue Townsend By Sharing Their Favourite Adrian Mole Moments

“Do you weep, Mrs Thatcher, do you weep? Do you wake, Mrs Thatcher, in your sleep?”

Sue Townsend has passed away at the age of 68.


The author of The Queen and I and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year will mostly be remembered for her Adrian Mole diaries, starting with The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾, published in 1982.

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1. To celebrate her life many fans have shared their favourite Adrian Mole poems and passages, such as ‘Blossom’ from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

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2. The poem ‘Mrs Thatcher’ (from The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole) has also been remembered by many.

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3. ‘The Tap’ (from The Secret Diary) was celebrated.

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The tap drips and keeps me awake, In the morning there will be a lake. For the want of a washer the carpet will spoil,

— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran)
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6. As was Adrian’s poem on Bert, printed in the same book.

Bert, you are dead old. Fond of Sabre, beetroot and Woodbines. We have nothing in common, I am fourteen and a half, You are eighty-nine.

— The Penny Dreadful (@DreadfulP)
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You smell, I don't. Why we are friends Is a mystery to me.

— The Penny Dreadful (@DreadfulP)
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8. Adrian Mole’s infatuation with Pandora has been remembered.

I think my favourite bits of Adrian Mole are him writing about Pandora, like this the day after she joins his class

— Dominic Johnson (@dgwjohnson)
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Infinitely sad to hear about the passing of the great Sue Townsend. We'll miss her like Adrian misses Pandora

— Waterstones Trafford (@wstrafford)
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Sue Townsend is responsible for one of the only two "poems" I can recite: Oh Pandora/I adore ya/I implore ye/Don't ignore me.

— Jo dB (@Jo_dB)
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"Little Brown Horse / Eating apples in a field / Perhaps one day / My heart will be healed / I stroke the places Pandora has sat ..."

— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman)
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12. As well as Adrian’s particularly skewed outlook on life.

"My skin is dead good. I think it must be a combination of being in love and Lucozade" RIP Sue Townsend.

— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum)
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“It is the first day of spring. The council have chopped all the elms down in Elm Tree Avenue.” - Adrian Mole #RIPSueTownsend

— Phil Lewis (@PhilHuwLewis)
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One of the many many highlights in Sue Townsend's masterpiece, Adrian Mole & the Weapons of Mass Destruction.

— Ian Jones (@metro_land)
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16. Sue Townsend was known for signing copies of her Adrian Mole series books like this.

I asked Sue Townsend to sign a copy of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole for my husband and this is how she did it

— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter)
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One of my most treasured possessions. RIP #SueTownsend

— Martin Evans (@evansma)
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18. RIP Sue Townsend, but whatever you do today, never refer Sue as a “national treasure”.

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Scott Bryan is the UK entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.