Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Townsend: Writing is a challenge

1st December 2009

Sue Townsend has described the exhausting writing process she has to follow, as the latest instalment of her phenomenally popular Adrian Mole series is released.

The author, who wrote the first of nine Mole books in 1982, when Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4 was published, has updated the iconic adolescent in her latest novel, Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years, which follows the eponymous hero as he suffers from prostate cancer.

However, having experienced failing eyesight and other ailments as a result of her diabetes, Townsend said writing has become increasingly challenging.

Speaking to the Metro, the writer revealed she now dictates her work as she is unable to see her own handwriting, with her husband, son and granddaughter helping out.

'They're all in on the process now,' she explained. 'I'm in a wheelchair and can't go out on my own, I can't see where I'm going and I'm not allowed in the sunlight because of the steroids I have to take after my kidney transplant, but I still manage to write.'

'I drag myself out of my bed, go downstairs, sit in my chair and dictate. It's still possible.'

Townsend has also written a satire of the monarchy, The Queen and I, along with a sequel, Queen Camilla.

Latest Blog
Romancing the Silver Screen
27/07/2017

Jenn Bennett explores the role of the movies in her own life and in her new YA novel, Alex Approximately.

From Page to Stage - Adapting The Hunting of the Snark
24/07/2017

Garry McQuinn, Producer of The Hunting of the Snark, which opens this week at London's Vaudeville Theatre, describes the journey from page to stage.

#FoylesFive: Celebrating Beer
23/07/2017

Earlier this year, Belgian beer culture finally officially took its rightful place on the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, where it now sits in good company with the likes of the French gastronomic meal, Cuban rumba and Spanish flamenco. To celebrate, here is a far from exhaustive selection of some of the beer literature that can help you better appreciate the delicate arts of brewing and drinking beer.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd