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Watching 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' is my guilty pleasure. ---->>>

I think we take it for granted that if you are with your husband after 30 years, then he is the love of your life.

I think we take it for granted that if you are with your husband after 30 years, then he is the love of your life.

I always have this image of a woman running across a desert carrying children, trying to find water and food, not knowing when they'll get that. And her feet are slashed up from the dry, hard earth... Even when I'm uncomfortable, sometimes in pain, or just cold... I think, 'Thank God for what I've got.'

I always have this image of a woman running across a desert carrying children, trying to find water and food, not knowing when they'll get that. And her feet are slashed up from the dry, hard earth... Even when I'm uncomfortable, sometimes in pain, or just cold... I think, 'Thank God for what I've got.'

Live with all of your senses. ---->>>

I am surrounded by counselors. My sister is a counselor. My daughter is training to be a counselor. A lot of my friends are counselors. ---->>>

I married two weeks after my 18th birthday, far too young, and by the time I was 23 I was a single mother of three small children, Sean, Daniel and Victoria, living in a prefab house. ---->>>

I am from the working class. I am now what I was then. No amount of balsamic vinegar and Prada handbags could make me forget what it was like to be poor. ---->>>

When I was a child, I dreaded blindness. We used to ask: 'Would we rather be blind or deaf?' I said I'd rather be blind, even though I was scared of it. I couldn't bear not being able to hear music or talk to people. ---->>>

The monarchy is finished. It was finished a while ago, but they're still making the corpses dance. ---->>>

We had library books in our house, but not our own. So you had 14 days to read them. There would be eight books a fortnight in our house and I'd read as many of those as I could. ---->>>

I never imagined when I began writing in the early 1960s I'd become professional and my life would be transformed. ---->>>

I took my sight and mobility for granted. ---->>>

I used to think I had nice arms, but I don't even think that anymore. ---->>>

In the playground, I always made people laugh; I used to charge them three pence for an impression of a teacher. It kept me in toffees.

In the playground, I always made people laugh; I used to charge them three pence for an impression of a teacher. It kept me in toffees.

Most social problems could be helped or prevented if people had more money and practical advice. ---->>>

Yes - I am usually overweight. I have had to be interested in diet because of being diabetic for 30 years and having kidney failure. ---->>>

I could have been a better mother. My children assure me it was fine. But when you are running to catch the train to go to a rehearsal, and you know your kid has a hacking cough... We said we can have it all and do it all: I can have four children, write three plays a year and a book, go from Leicester to London, and come back at midnight. ---->>>

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 leveler. ---->>>

I don't like to be noticed. The older I've got, the more reclusive I've become. I've got late-onset shyness. People are lovely. When they see me in the street, they don't ask for anything from me. They just say: 'I thought it was you, and I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your books,' but I can't seem to cope with it anymore. ---->>>

In the early days, it was, you know, I used to weep while I was writing. I used to grab at any kind of anything, any hint, any tip of how to make it easy. ---->>>

The DSS offices are not given enough funding, their staff are poorly paid and are driven to distraction by the amount of work they have to do. There is frequent turnover of staff. Morale is extremely low. Working with desperate people all day is very dispiriting; their unhappiness rubs off on you. ---->>>

'The Gambler' by Dostoevsky. It was the first time I realised that it was possible to have good and evil in one person. It led me to read a lot of Russian literature. ---->>>

Yes, I hate it when people call me a 'national treasure'. It takes away your bite and makes you feel like a harmless old golden Labrador. ---->>>

I'd love a day devoid of responsibilities. I've often thought about going to a hotel just to have a day away from everything. ---->>>

Every time I start a new piece of work, I spend a long while under the duvet thinking I can't do it. ---->>>

I'm spectacularly disorganised. I wrote my latest book in seven different notebooks scattered throughout my house. ---->>>

I've always been fascinated by totalitarian regimes. I'm not an admirer of them. ---->>>

I always feel as if I'm a disappointment: that people want a grand dame in furs like Barbara Taylor Bradford. ---->>>

I am the world's worst diabetic. ---->>>

I hate it when people call me a 'national treasure.' It takes away your bite and makes you feel like a harmless old golden Labrador. ---->>>

I have a slight addiction to Diet Coke, and, of course, I absolutely shouldn't touch it because it makes the kidneys work really hard. ---->>>

I must have been a very strange child. I was very pretentious. Like Adrian Mole. ---->>>

I prefer to keep my secrets to myself, to the grave... and beyond! ---->>>

I seem to be able to get depressed quite easily without any reason. ---->>>

I take life very seriously. I can laugh at it, because what else can you do? But it's a hard daily battle. ---->>>

I usually listen to the same thing over and over again: Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major. And Leonard Cohen. ---->>>

Lack of confidence - 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. ---->>>

My cream and black Aga. It is the heart of the house, and people congregate around it. ---->>>

My second husband encouraged me to go to a writing group at our local theatre. It was my 'coming out of the closet' moment. ---->>>

Sometimes I rant, in a comical way, about how the gods give with one hand and take with the other. ---->>>

When all my kids were at home, I used to write from midnight onwards. ---->>>

Being poor with three small children is terrifying. You can't make any plans. You know you're not going on holiday, ever. There's no way you could ever afford driving lessons or a car. And the guilt I used to feel: they had holes in their shoes, and at one point, I had to send them to school wearing Wellingtons when the sun was shining.

Being poor with three small children is terrifying. You can't make any plans. You know you're not going on holiday, ever. There's no way you could ever afford driving lessons or a car. And the guilt I used to feel: they had holes in their shoes, and at one point, I had to send them to school wearing Wellingtons when the sun was shining.

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 always write back to people who are kind enough to write to me. Actually, I don't write - I recline on my red velvet sofa with my feet on the coffee table and dictate the letters to my eldest son. ---->>>

I am a very independent person, and I, you know, I maintain that independence, but, you know, certain things - I mean, it takes, you know, it's just much easier for other people if other people can help you every now and again. ---->>>

I became an insomniac, really, hardly slept at all, didn't even try to. And it's carried on. I hate to say I only need as much sleep as Mrs. Thatcher, but I can cope really well on five hours. ---->>>

I'm getting to the end of my magnifying glasses now. One eye's gone completely. The other is gradually dimming. Dimming - that sounds very dramatic, doesn't it? I'm so lucky. I can still make a living - and the same kind of living. ---->>>

My dark secrets are life threatening. Pockets of unhappiness set in aspic that build and build. I have this primitive feeling that if something good happens, it is going to be followed by something bad. There is always a price to pay. ---->>>

People down on their luck deserve the best: beautiful surroundings and well-paid professional staff to help them out of their difficulties. Why not train thousands more social workers and let them sit in on claimants' interviews? ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: 04-02, 1946
Birthplace:
Die: 2014-04-10
Occupation: Novelist
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Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend, FRSL (2 April 1946 – 10 April 2014) was an English writer and humorist whose work encompasses novels, plays and works of journalism. She was best known for creating the character Adrian Mole. After writing in secret from the age of 14, Townsend first became known for her plays, her signature character first appearing in a radio drama, but her work soon expanded into other forms (wikipedia)