I was saddened to hear of the passing of novelist Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole series. I must admit that The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole is still one of my all-time favourite books. Her wonderful storytelling and effortless writing style allowed us to travel with Adrian on his journey through life, from boy to adulthood. But it was her comic timing, as she captured the pain and absurdity of the human condition, which revealed the true depth of her talent. It truly set her apart. The world of writing is a lesser place without her. Thank you, Sue Townsend, for setting such high standards for your fellow writers.