Document Reference NumberST/16/2/1
TitleCorrespondence between Sue Townsend and Geoffrey Strachan (Methuen)
DescriptionGeoffrey Strachan was Sue Townsend's editor at Methuen.

Folders 1-3 predominantly contains letters relating to the development and publication of Sue Townsend's books. Subjects include: the publication and subsequent success of 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole' (/2 - 6, /10 - 11, /16, /35, /39, /42, /59, /65, /89, /93 and /101 ); Methuen's interest in commissioning a sequel to 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole' (/7, /9 and /12); Strachan's interest in publishing 'The Secret Diary of a Teenage Girl', Sue Townsend's weekly piece for the 'Evening Standard' (/18, /22 and /46); the publication of the paperback edition of 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole', and in particular, promotion of the book using quotes from 'fan-letters' sent to Sue Townsend by other writers, including Tom Sharpe and John Lahr (/20 and /23 - 24); Sue Townsend's reservations concerning a taped publicity interview being sent to South Africa (/32); the development, publication and success of 'The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole', including photocopies of Caroline Holden's draft illustrations (/33, /36 - 37, /42 - 45, /47, /49, /77, /84 and /95); claims by the Pregnancy Advisory Service that reference to their organisation in 'The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole' gave 'offence and caused embarrassment' (/52 - 53); the publication of the 'Adrian Mole Songbook' (/63, /67, /73 - 74 and /91); the development and publication of Rebuilding Coventry (/98, /103 - 104, /112, /122, /125, /127, /130, /139, /141, /143, /145, /147 - 148, /151 and /156); and the sale of ABP publishing, Methuen's owner, to the Octopus Publishing Group (/119, /129, /132 - 133 and /136). Folder 2 also includes a small bundle of post-cards, mostly undated (184 - 191) and photocopies of letters to and from Giles Gordon. The folders contains incoming letters only, with no copies of Sue Townsend's replies. However, some letters have been annotated by Sue Townsend, which provide some clues as to how she intended to respond to the letter.

Folder 4 contains letters/ telegrams on the following subjects: condolences on Townsend's ill health (/192); plans for a compendium volume of Adrian Mole diaries published by Soho Press (/193); Umberto Eco's response to critics (/194); a comic postcard (/195); and the success of book sales for 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4' and 'The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole' (/196-199). Dates range from 1984-1995.
LevelFile
Date1981-1995
Extent4 folders; 199 items
OtherNumberACC 2016/25
ACC 2014/10
997953
AccessConditions/52 - 53, /68, /106, /126, /149, /152, /154 - 155 and /179 - 180 have been closed under the terms of the Data Protection Act and are housed in a seperate folder (Folder 3).
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