Sue Townsend: Don't call me a national treasure
2nd August 2010
Adrian Mole author
Sue Townsend does not like being referred to as a national
treasure, she has revealed.
In an interview with the Observer, the writer conceded
that her protagonist is very popular with readers, who have been
able to follow his exploits from his first outing in 1982's
Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 to the most
Mole: The Prostrate Years.
Despite this success, she added: '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.'
Townsend told the newspaper that she has recently 'fallen in
love' with Mole and realised it was a mistake to make the character
unattractive in her earlier books, adding: 'The only way I'll kill
Adrian is when I die myself.'
The author also highlighted the similarities between herself and
Mole, noting that both have suffered periods of ill health, display
a tendency for emotional detachment and are disillusioned with
Works by Townsend outside of the Adrian Mole series include
Queen and I, Ghost
Ten and Queen