by Sue Townsend
Category: Home, Family & Health / General
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 24 April 2003
Number of pages: 368
Enter the world of Susan Lilian Townsend - sun-worshippers, work-shy writers, garden-centre lovers and those in search of a good time all welcome. Over the last decade, Sue Townsend has written a monthly column for "Sainsbury's Magazine", which covers everything from hosepipe bans and Spanish restaurants to writer's block and the posh middle-aged woman she once met who'd never heard of Winnie-the-Pooh. Collected together now for the first time, they form a set of pieces from one of Britain's most popular and acclaimed writers that is funny, perceptive and touching.
Best known as the creator of the inimitable diarist Adrian Mole, Sue Townsend has also contributed a regular magazine column to Sainsbury's Magazine for the past decade and this wonderful, warm-hearted book is the happy result. Collating articles covering a vast array of eclectic subjects from slugs to slobs, Winnie-the-Pooh to writer's block, Townsend here turns her penetrating and irrepressibly witty gaze on the absurdities inherent in daily life and transforms the potentially mundane into a veritable comic cornucopia. In one of her best features she describes how an influx of slugs has changed her from a mild-mannered writer into a potential mass murderer: 'Like all obsessives I've become a bore. I've just said to my husband, "Did you know slugs breed by firing aphrodisiac darts into each other?" I think he muttered "Of course," but it may have been "Divorce!"' Introducing the volume, she's cheerfully self-deprecating and confesses to breaking every cardinal rule of the columnist: family members get exploited, pets feature with increasing regularity, off-the-cuff remarks from taxi drivers get noted - and virtually nothing is taboo! Certain topics, like the belief that her sources of creative inspiration will run dry reappear frequently. As she wryly realizes, life invariably treads a tragicomic balance and her gift for expressing the bittersweet realities of life is remarkable, producing delightful essays at once painfully amusing and surprisingly poignant. The book is laugh-out-loud funny from the very first, and though the author herself admits she can't re-read any of her pieces in this self-confessed 'sanitised autobiography', the odds are high that you'll be dipping into it repeatedly for years to come. (Kirkus UK)
What the papers say:
'Full of... hilarious asides on the absurdities of domestic existence...what a fantastic advertisement for middle-age - it can't be bad if it's this funny' Heat
Sue Townsend, with THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 (1982) and THE GROWING PAINS OF ADRIAN MOLE (1984), was Britain's bestselling author of the 1980s. She is the author of seven other novels, including THE QUEEN AND I (1992), and her mostrecent novel, ADRIAN MOLE: THE CAPUCCINO YEARS, was published in 1999. She is also well known as a playwright. She lives in Leicester.
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