|born on||2 April 1946 at 00:20 (= 12:20 AM )|
|Place||Leicester, England, 52n38, 1w05|
|Timezone||GMT h0w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||11°40' 09°12 Asc. 12°37'|
British writer, highly successful with her books featuring a character named Adrian Mole. She first released "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole in 1985, the story of a young man aged 13 3/4," the first in her best-selling "diary" series. In addition, she wrote both the play and the television series that starred the popular character. Other successful books written by Townsend include "The Queen and I," 1991 and "Ghost Children," 1998.
Townsend describes her early life as one spent growing up in paradise, with gardens to play in and woods and fields all around. Her first day of school, however, proved a rude awakening. She regarded school as a curtailment of her freedom and says her first day there was her first day in captivity. Not surprisingly, she quit school at age 15. She spent the next two decades working at various jobs while writing in her spare time. When she won the Thames TV Playwright’s Award at age 35, she began writing fulltime.
She is a diabetic, and in 1999, she was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. As a result, she suffers from massive vision problems but continues to write, still writing out each book by hand.
Townsend married for the first time before she was 18. Shortly after the birth of their third child, her husband abandoned the family, leaving her to raise the children on her own.
She later remarried and gave birth to a fourth child. She enjoys gardening in her spare time.
- business associate/partner relationship with Gordon, Giles (born 23 May 1940). Notes: Her literary agent
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1985 (Release of noted book)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1991 (Published "The Queen and I")
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1998 (Released "The Ghost Children")
- Health : Medical diagnosis 1999 (Diabetic retinopathy)
Pete Porto quotes her in Autumn 2001 while she was in Portugal, saying that "Mum held on so she would not be born on April Fool’s day."
- Traits : Mind : Education limited (Quit school at 15)
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia (Severe diabetes)
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes (Degeneration due to diabetes)
- Family : Childhood : Memories Good (Happy childhood pre-school)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Abandoned by first husband)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Family : Parenting : Hardship-Little spousal support (Raised kids by herself)
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
- Lifestyle : Work : Many job changes
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
- Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Gardening)
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Successful)
- Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Playwright and TV script)
- Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Thames TV Playwright Award)