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The castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is writer Sue Townsend. Her most famous creation is Adrian Mole, and, in many respects, his life mirrors her own: like her hero, she comes from a poor but not deprived background and always nursed a secret ambition to be a writer. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her life and work and carefully selecting eight records which remind her of some of the most significant events in her life.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Violin Concerto in D by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Book: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Luxury: Swimming pool of champagne