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British comic author Sue Townsend, who created the angst-ridden teenage diarist Adrian Mole and sent Queen Elizabeth II into exile on a public housing estate, has died after suffering a stroke.Townsend left school at 15, married at 18 and by 23 was a single mother of three.?The book was a huge success, selling more than 20 million copies around the world, and Townsend followed Adrian Mole into adulthood in a series of books, several of which were adapted for the stage, radio or television.In later years Townsend, who had diabetes, used a wheelchair and was registered blind.Townsend is survived by her husband, Colin Broadway, and four children.
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