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Final conversations with beloved writers

Reading the final novels of Diana Wynne Jones, Sheri S. Tepper and Sue Townsend promises to be a bittersweet experience

Published on May 6, 2014 3:10 PM

What could be more bittersweet for a reader than opening the final novels of three wonderful writers, two of whom knew these might be their last words?

I am on tenterhooks anticipating the new novels of late authors Diana Wynne Jones and Sue Townsend, as well as the living Sheri S. Tepper.

Fantasy novel The Islands Of Chaldea was published two weeks ago by Harper Collins from a manuscript found after children's author Jones died in 2011 of cancer.

Townsend is synonymous with her 1982 tale of youthful angst, The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, in which a teenage boy wrote of his pimples and his first crush. The ninth and last volume of the now adult Mole's diaries, tentatively titled Pandora's Box, is likely to be brought out next year by publisher Michael Joseph.

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